play at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay at
he/she/itplays at
present participleplaying at
past tenseplayed at
past participleplayed at
  1. 1
    play at something to do something without being very serious about it
  2. 2
    play at something if children play at something, they pretend to be someone else or to be involved in a particular type of situation
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  3. 3
    what is he/she playing at? used when you think that someone is behaving in a stupid or dishonest way

    What does he think he’s playing at, making the children lie for him?

See also main entry: play