make a play for somebody/something

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make a play for

Try to attract someone's interest, especially romantic interest. For example, Bill has been making a play for Anne, but so far it hasn't gotten him anywhere. [Slang; c. 1900]
See also: make, play

make a play for something

If someone makes a play for something that they want, they try to get it. Analysts say the company could soon be making a play for properties around the world. The finance minister dismissed accusations that he was making a play for power.
See also: make, play, something

make a play for

attempt to attract or attain. informal
1999 Independent Tracie was seen…heading out for a club to make a play for a cute barman.
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make a ˈplay for somebody/something

(especially American English) make a well-planned attempt to get something you want: He was making a play for a top government position.If you want to make a play for her, send her flowers.