play politics

play politics

 
1. Lit. to negotiate politically. Everybody at city hall is playing politics as usual. If you're elected as a member of a political party, you'll have to play politics.
2. to allow politics to dominate in matters where principle should prevail. Look, I came here to discuss the legal issues of this trial, not play politics. They're not making reasonable decisions. They're playing politics.
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play politics (with something)

to make something into a political issue She accused her opponent of playing politics with affirmative action in an attempt to divide the American people. Either we can play politics or we can take these studies seriously and make the changes we need to make.
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play politics

Act for personal or political gain rather than principle, as in I don't think this judge is fair-he's playing politics. [Mid-1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
It ought to play politics, but the politics ought to be the right kind.
A protester told ANI, "P has tried to play politics of blood and has tried to divide Hindus and Muslims too.
If they try to play politics over it, we will give a befitting reply," Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said after a Delhi court issued summons to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "George Osborne has stooped so low that he's prepared to play politics with the aspirations of the lowest paid.
We are not going to allow state governments to play politics with health.
You don't play politics at a time of national crisis, you don't play politics with the economy, and you never, ever, play politics with people's jobs," the Liberal Democrat leader told his party conference in Birmingham.
Nick Clegg said: "Let me tell you this: You don't play politics at a time of national crisis.
Campbell says that, while remaining publicly supportive of the Prince, Mr Blair told Charles in private that there were "limits to the extent to which they could play politics with him".
Mr Balls said it would be "very mistaken" of Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to play politics with control orders, which place a series of constraints on terror suspects.
There will be a lot of politicking in the run-up to the election, but for a Prime Minister to play politics with the issue of terrorism is a disgrace," he added.
It is going to be counter-productive in the national interest if we [political parties] play politics with self-determination.
They should vote for a song if they liked it and not play politics, he said.
It is shocking that the Labour government in London is so willing to play politics with people's livelihoods.
California deserves a governor who will not play politics with our lives and is committed to equality under the law.
He said: 'What I find most disturbing with it is that there is a clear attempt by Labour to play politics on the issue of terror.