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to take part in a sport or game
if children or animals romp, they play or move around in a lively and often noisy way
to play in a happy way with a lot of energy and movement
if children play at something, they pretend to be someone else or to be involved in a particular type of situation
old-fashioned to play happily
to play in a rough noisy way
to play in a very lively or rough way
mainly literary to run, jump, and play like a young child or animal
to play on a seesaw
to play in a violent way
a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time
frightening in a way that makes you nervous because it involves things that do not seem natural...
an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners
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