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v
1. To cause an effect on; influence.

A heavy diet of television drama played on his feelings.

2. To work upon for a planned effect; excite to a desired action by cunning plans; manage.

The makeup salesman played on the woman's wish to look beautiful.

In some places, leaders play upon people's superstitious fears.

He played on the man's ambition and love of honor.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • play upon — see ↑play on above. • • • Main Entry: ↑play …   Useful english dictionary

  • play upon — index dupe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play upon — PHRASAL VERB To play upon something means the same as to play on it. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • play upon — See: PLAY ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • play upon — (smth) cause an effect on, influence They played on his feelings of loneliness to get him to come and buy them dinner every night …   Idioms and examples

  • play upon words — play on words or play upon words noun A pun or other manipulation of words depending on their sound • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play on words or play upon words, = pun. (Cf. ↑pun) …   Useful english dictionary

  • play upon words — index distort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play upon something — ˈplay on/upon sth derived to take advantage of sb s feelings, etc. Syn: ↑exploit • Advertisements often play on people s fears. Main entry: ↑playderived …   Useful english dictionary

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