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verb     toy pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletoying
past tensetoyed
past participletoyed

phrasal verb

toy with

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytoy with
he/she/ittoys with
present participletoying with
past tensetoyed with
past participletoyed with
  1. 1
    toy with something to keep touching or moving something with your fingers, usually because you are nervous

    Jerry toyed with the stem of his glass as he spoke.

    1. a.
      to keep pushing food around on your plate, instead of eating it
  2. 2
    toy with something to consider an idea in a way that is not serious or definite

    I’ve been toying with the idea of starting my own business.

  3. 3
    toy with someone to pretend that you like or love someone when really you do not
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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