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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay up to
he/she/itplays up to
present participleplaying up to
past tenseplayed up to
past participleplayed up to
  1. play up to someone to behave in a very friendly or polite way to someone because you want them to like you or to do something for you

    He took great pains to play up to Joan’s mother.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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