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have (something) to play with

To have an excess or surplus of something at one's disposal. Oh, if we had money to play with, I definitely would have replaced the hideous flooring in here already.
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have money, time, etc. to ˈplay with

(informal) have plenty of money, time, etc. for doing something: We need to make a decision now, as we haven’t got much time to play with.
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