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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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You have to learn the music they are interested in and encourage them to play along to records.
Walking in on an arrangement, a plot, a conspiracy (a "joint effort toward a particular end," according to Webster), we have to choose: either denounce it or play along. That choice may be based on our perception of the conspiracy's extent, and of which course is most likely to benefit us, or allow us to survive.
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An accompanying CD provides the opportunity for students to play along. The volume would have benefited from some kind of preface stating the intent and uses of this book (not for beginning students, whose time might be spent more wisely studying actual transcriptions of these artists), as well as a statement that these are original compositions by Noble.
They play along the line between familiarity and unfamiliarity.
Intense listening is crucial, since the coach is expected not only to play along with the singer, but also provide feedback--to tell the singer what he hears: what is good, what needs improvement.
David Lubliner, marketing manager for LeapFrog Toys, says: "Kids will love to play along with Scout in our new line of learning toys.
Included with the piano are two headphone jacks, MIDI terminals (In/Out) and an AUX IN terminal, allowing an external source, such as a sound module or CD player, to be connected so the performer can play along with a favorite recording artist.
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It's one thing to indulge your partner in a fetish that you're willing to play along with.
Visitors will be able to play along with the plot of the programme and pick up clues from the website.