come into play

come into play

To become a factor in a particular situation. Once personal insults come into play, it's very hard to resolve a situation calmly. My kids usually get cranky as bedtime approaches and tiredness comes into play.
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come into play

to become an important factor in something; to go into force. All your hard practice and preparation will now come into play in the finals.
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come into ˈplay

begin to operate or be active; have an effect or influence: It’s time for the first part of our plan to come into play.A lot of different factors came into play in making this decision.
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References in classic literature ?
Sprengel's idea that the ray-florets serve to attract insects, whose agency is highly advantageous in the fertilisation of plants of these two orders, is so far-fetched, as it may at first appear: and if it be advantageous, natural selection may have come into play.
A number of factors come into play when assessing whether cogeneration makes sense for a particular commercial facility.
Trees are few and far between and seldom come into play at Victoria Lakes, with most of them flanking the par-5 second hole that forms the current northern, rural boundary of a course bordered south by housing.