play up to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

See also main entry: play