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play along

1. To play the same song as someone else on one's own instrument. I sang while my uncle played along on the banjo.
2. To cooperate with someone or pretend to do so; to support or agree with something someone is doing or saying, especially as part of a joke, lie, or scam. Hey, I'm going to prank Jimbo when he comes in. Just play along! I know that school can be boring sometimes, but you just need to play along for a while until you can study things that really interest you.
See also: play

play along

 (with someone or something)
1. Lit. to play a musical instrument with someone or a group. The trombonist sat down and began to play along with the others. Do you mind if I play along?
2. Fig. to pretend to cooperate with someone or something in a joke, scam, etc. I decided that I would play along with Larry for a while and see what would happen. I don't think I want to play along.
See also: play

play along

Cooperate or pretend to cooperate, as in They decided to play along with the robbers, at least for a while. [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: play

play along

v.
1. To cooperate or pretend to cooperate with someone: We decided to play along with their silly plans for a while. If you don't play along, we'll never get the job done.
2. To accompany someone or something by playing a musical instrument: I listen to the radio and play along with the songs on my guitar.
See also: play
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We are honored and excited that Speed Stacks has been acknowledged by so many coveted awards leading up to the holiday season," said Susan Evans, Vice President of Marketing for Play Along.