play to (one's) strengths

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play to (one's) strengths

To focus one's energy and effort on that which one is skilled in or passionate about; to put someone in a position that allows them to perform to the best of their natural abilities or skill sets. After his disappointing Western-themed family drama, it's nice to see the director once again playing to her strengths with a film grounded in humor and wit. We're going to have everyone try out the different positions on the field so we can find a role that plays to everyone's strengths.
See also: play, strength

play to your ˈstrengths

give your attention and effort to things that you do well; give somebody the opportunity to do this: Each member of the team should have a task that plays to their strengths.
See also: play, strength
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But Poyet remains convinced that Altidore will get goals for the Black Cats, and says it is just a matter of playing to his strengths.
honored tradition of all artists, playing to his strengths, not his weaknesses.
A scholarly introduction to fresh perspectives on Shakespeare's genius in playing to his strengths in different genres, observing that Shakespeare practiced upon romantic comedies first before transitioning to the more emotionally demanding tragedies.
The six-year-old son of Supreme Leader had been beaten out of sight at the same odds at Exeter on his previous start but found conditions playing to his strengths and stayed on well to win by nine lengths from the rallying Josear.
Instead of playing to his strengths of getting to the basket and shooting on the move, the Lakers turned Parker into a stand-still jump shooter and turned him timid in the lane.