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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLAYING AROUND

He added that a bit of playing around didn't mean a thing, his heart was dead.

Some more children were playing around, and they were sick too.

Little David might be playing around there again, or some other child.

How many submarines were playing around beneath him, he could not guess.

You ain't got any right to be playing around with business men anyhow.

And yet, what may happen if he is East and she is playing around, with me far away?

But playing around with Louis Akers is like playing with a hand-grenade, Edith.

Some children were playing around the hearth, roasting chestnuts.

The other feller don't cut any ice with you while you're playing around with figgers.

The lightning was playing around the hut, and every now and then a flash brightened up the interior.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English plegan, plegian "move rapidly, occupy or busy oneself, exercise; frolic; make sport of, mock; perform music," from West Germanic *plegan "occupy oneself about" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for, take charge of," Old Frisian plega "tend to," Middle Dutch pleyen "to rejoice, be glad," German pflegen "take care of, cultivate"), from PIE root *dlegh- "to engage oneself," forming words in Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and possibly Latin.

Meaning "to take part in a game" is from c.1200. Opposed to work (v.) since late 14c. Related: Played; playing. To play up "emphasize" is from 1909; to play down "minimize" is from 1930; to play along "cooperate" is from 1929. To play with oneself "masturbate" is from 1896; play for keeps is from 1861, originally of marbles or other children's games with tokens. To play second fiddle in the figurative sense is from 1809 ("Gil Blas"). To play into the hands (of someone) is from 1705. To play the _______ card is attested from 1886; to play fair is from mid-15c. To play (something) safe is from 1911; to play favorites is attested from 1902. For play the field see field (n.).

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