play against

play someone against (someone else)

to cause someone to dispute with someone else. Don tried to play George against David, but they figured out what he was up to. Alice never managed to play Tom against Fred.
See also: play

play against someone or something

to compete against someone or something in a team sport. We won't be ready to play against the other team this weekend. We refuse to play against you until the field is in better condition.
See also: play
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He then doubled his former stake, and challenged any one present to play against him.
In the next round, Kuwait will play against guest South Korea on 8 October, while Laos and Myanmar will play against each other on 13 October.
JON WALTERS says he'd love to play against team mate Robert Huth - and batter him
CELTIC defender Efe Ambrose reckons it's easy to play against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Wakefield 42 Salford 6 LOAN star Tim Smith repaid Salford for allowing him to play against them by ending the Red Devils' Super League play-off hopes.
I'm not against it, I just think that the players should be allowed as well to play against the team who has loaned the player out," said Wenger.
Wenger stressed that it was up to the manager to decide on whether players can play against their parent club, while pointing out that Arsenal loanee Francis Jeffers helped Everton secure a 1-1 draw against the Gunners in the 2003-04 season.
Tendulkar said it was "special" to play against some big names such as Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Kepler Wessels, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose.
London, June 28 ( ANI ): American tennis star Serena Williams has reportedly accepted the challenge of British ace Andy Murray, saying that she would play against the Scot in a modern-day Battle of the Sexes.
FRENCH chess champion Ismael Karim will play against challengers blindfolded on a giant chess board at Seef Mall tomorrow.
For example, when you play against a certain team who want to play out from the back, my game is different from when you play against someone who wants to play long balls straight away, you have a different game.
The South American is desperate to play against Stoke at Wembley but has so far managed to do only light training.
Three matches will be played on Friday, namely Al Shabab will play on his ground against A'Seeb, in Nizwa Sports Complex, Sumail will play against Al Khabourah while Fanja will play against Al Nahdah.
It was great to play against Arsenal and I can't wait to play against Liverpool and Manchester United.
You have to play against all of the teams at some point, but of course if you play against the best teams it's not so easy to pass the first round.