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play the market

To buy and sell equity securities and company shares with the aim of making a profit. I got rich playing the market in the early 2000s, but I got greedy and ended up losing nearly everything.
See also: market, play
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play the (stock) market

to invest in the stock market. (As if it were a game or as if it were gambling.) Would you rather put your money in the bank or play the market? I've learned my lesson playing the market. I lost a fortune.
See also: market, play
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

play the market

Trade in securities in order to make money, as in He is always playing the market with only mixed results. This term uses play in the sense of "gamble," a usage dating from about 1500.
See also: market, play
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

play the market

speculate in stocks.
See also: market, play
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play the ˈmarket

buy and sell stocks and shares in order to make a profit: He’s been playing the market for 30 years, but is quick to warn people of the risks involved.
See also: market, play
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