make play of

make play of (something)

To do something in a manner so as to draw attention to it and make it seem very important or significant. The film makes play of the supposed antagonistic relationship between the two great thinkers. As public opinion shifts, the party's politicians are making play of their historic opposition to the law.
See also: make, of, play

make (great) play of (or with)

draw attention to in an ostentatious manner, typically to gain prestige or advantage.
2002 Daily Telegraph With the tabloids leading the way, reporters digging into their backgrounds made great play of their unorthodox pasts.
See also: make, of, play