play for love

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play for love

To play purely for one's pleasure or for a love of the game, sport, etc., rather than for money or for other stakes. A truly great player plays for love, not because a win might benefit his bank account the next day. A: "You're pretty great with those cards. Interested in making this next game a little bit interesting with a wager?" B: "Sorry, pal, I only play for love."
See also: love, play
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That approach is appropriate, though, because the book is above all an ode to a forgotten age, where footballers played for love, not money - and thought themselves damned lucky to be playing at all.