make a play for

make a play for somebody

to try to start a romantic relationship with someone In the movie, she makes a play for her best friend's husband.
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make a play for somebody

to try to start a romantic relationship with someone If I wasn't happily married, I might make a play for him myself.
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make a play for something

to try to get something It was rumoured that he would make a play for the director's post.
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make a play for

Try to attract someone's interest, especially romantic interest. For example, Bill has been making a play for Anne, but so far it hasn't gotten him anywhere. [Slang; c. 1900]
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