make a play

make a play (for someone)

to attempt to attract the romantic interest of someone. Ann made a play for Bill, but he wasn't interested in her. I knew he liked me, but I never thought he'd make a play.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In making such decision the umpire must be convinced that the ball passed through, or by, the fielder, and that no other infielder had the chance to make a play on the ball.
Obviously no infielder would have a chance to make a play on any hard shot that gets by another fielder.