Definitions starting with P

ID #3250

play

in the idioms:

play 'bout (Andros); play 'round (Eleu.) [OED play to divert oneself] phr. to stand about conversing on a street corner (usually of young males in a group). = PLAY THE BLOCKS

play brazen; play cute; play pretty phr. (of girls) to flirt; to walk with a sexually provocative gait. (Black)

play dashing (down) [cf. DASH 2] phr. to throw a person to the ground while playing roughly: 1940 Grab y' holt an'it's play dashin' down right here (Dupuch 37). (Black)

Tags: idiom, phrase

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Last update: 2010-11-20 14:59
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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