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bring (something) into play

1. In sports, to hit or take the ball into the field of play so that the game can resume, as after a timeout or stoppage. He'll bring the ball into play and then pass it ahead to you.
2. To introduce something into a particular situation. Bringing a merger into play might be the best option to save the company. I really wanted to visit you this weekend, but the flu brought some other unpleasant factors into play.
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bring something into play

 
1. Lit. [in a ball game] to put the ball into the action of the game, such as after a timeout. Fred brought the ball into play when he bounced it in from the sidelines.
2. Fig. [for the shares of a company] to become the subject of a takeover bid. The recent drop in the value of that stock brought the company into play. The company was brought into play by a news story about their new product line.
3. Fig. to cause something to become a factor in something. Now, this recent development brings some other factors into play. Something else was brought into play by the strange event.
See also: bring, play

bring something into play

cause something to begin to have an effect.
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Consequently, a genuine concern to stem the tide of juvenile delinquency, crime, and immortality will rely less upon verbal instruction in the religious ideas and practices that set Protestant against Jew and Catholic against agnostic and more upon a way of life in the school that brings into play those common principles of conduct and behavior and those fundamental ideals of our culture which we term the democratic way of life.
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The bacterium brings into play a biochemical mechanism that is regulated and controlled, he says.
and abroad will ultimately benefit from the added clearing, technological and industry expertise that this deal brings into play.
This is more true of scholarship that bridges disciplines and brings into play primary material long forgotten or difficult of access.