play God

play God

To have a huge affect on or great power over someone's life, livelihood, health, or happiness. Many of these investment bankers like the idea of playing God, having the power to make or break the lives of those whose finances they control. As a doctor, you have to detach yourself emotionally from your patients, or else you risk feeling like you're playing God with them.
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play God

COMMON If someone plays God, they behave as if they have the right to make the most important decisions, especially relating to the creation or ending of life. They accused the doctors of playing God, Note: This expression is used in a disapproving way.
See also: god, play

play God

behave as if all-powerful or supremely important.
See also: god, play

play ˈGod

behave as if you control events or other people’s lives: It is unfair to ask doctors to play God and end someone’s life.
See also: god, play
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His cold-hearted killer had no right to play God and the world will be a much safer place with people like him behind bars.
Yes when in the last years of your life and you have a terminal illness and you include in your will that you do not want to be resuscitated that is completely different you then wish the course of nature to take its course naturally but not to play God.
ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING (12A) TERRY Jones directs and co-writes this otherworldly comedy, which suggests that if man was granted the ability to play God, he would make an almighty mess of it.
Brian May said: "The opportunity to play God has got to be something that you can't possibly pass up.
FANS of the Monty Python musical Spamalot can now decide who gets to play God.
If we didn't want to play God, we should never have developed medicine.
Peter Kasenene implies that Christians play God when they do not stand to pronounce and actively defend the principles and values of God's kingdom they profess to hold.
I cannot believe that in this country we are allowing a private firm to play God with people's lives.
These days we are told we should not play God and condone euthanasia but surely by letting a person die slowly, perhaps in terrible agony, it could be said you are playing God.
I always knew that someone was going to come at me with a script to play God.
But for a group of youngsters to decide that they are the custodians of Sikh virtue and play God on the subject of religious duty and moral obligation is a grotesque turn of events.
John, seen by millions of TV viewers earlier this year taking on another all-powerful role as deputy prime minister John Prescott in political romp Confessions of a Dairy Secretary, admits it was daunting being asked to play God.
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Apparently that's what happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when a physician and two nurses decided to play God and end the lives of a number of their patients with a deadly cocktail of morphine and Versed, a sedative.
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards is to play God in a new musical production.