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play the game

to act in the correct or expected way Some people do well just because they know how to play the game.
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play the game

to behave in a way that is accepted or demanded by those in authority You have to learn to play the game if you want to be successful at work.
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play the game

Behave according to accepted customs, obey the rules. For example, Not every foreign company can be counted on to play the game. The game here alludes to a sport with a set of rules. [Late 1800s] Also see play games.
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play the game

Informal
To behave according to the accepted customs or standards.
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Although many of the tournament's 125 players said they joined up primarily for a chance to play the game outside of their regular leagues, several said it also felt good to be playing for a good cause, benefiting research aimed at treating and someday curing juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
At the same, we wanted to be sure that all space adventure game enthusiasts had equal opportunity to play the game, so we're offering both the DVD and PC versions of Lander in the same package.
After registration customers simply choose a game, click the Stream It button and, after a brief 'jumpstarting' period, play the game.
Because MLS is a summer league, its players and coaches have no choice but to play the game within the game.
But when you don't play the game right, bad things happen.
It meant Spencer and teammate Shawn Buhner had to leave the JetHawks in Lake Elsinore for a quick flight to North Carolina, play the game on Monday and then fly back early on Tuesday.
3, 1998--Few golf equipment manufacturers can match Cobra Golf when it comes to two things: commitment to developing women's equipment that helps them play the game better, and offering game-improvement products that help golfers of all abilities enjoy playing the game more.