make great, much, etc. play of/with something
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make a great play of somethingBRITISH
If someone makes great play of something or makes a great play of something, they emphasize it, often to make it seem more important than it really is. Maria was there, making a great play of cleaning the house, but apparently doing very little. Note: You can also say that someone makes a big play of something, with the same meaning. They were very eager to show who was boss. They got us out of the car and made a big play of examining our papers. Note: You can also just say that someone makes a play of something. Both men made a play of wiping the dirt from her coat.