play off against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay off against
he/she/itplays off against
present participleplaying off against
past tenseplayed off against
past participleplayed off against
  1. play someone off against someone if you play two people off against each other, you try to cause an argument between them because you think that this will give you more power or control in a situation
See also main entry: play