HyperDic: play_up

English > 2 senses of the expression play up:
VERBchangeplay up, foreground, highlight, spotlightmove into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
emotionplay up, cozy up, cotton up, shine up, sidle up, suck upingratiate oneself to
English > play up: 2 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningMove into the foreground to make more visible or prominent.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsforeground, highlight, spotlight
Broaderbring out, set offdirect attention to, as if by means of contrast
Oppositebackground, play down, downplayunderstate the importance or quality of
Spanishdestacar, resaltar
Catalandestacar
English > play up: 2 senses > verb 2, emotion
Meaningingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Synonymscozy up, cotton up, shine up, sidle up, suck up
Broaderingratiategain favor / favor with somebody by deliberate efforts

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