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play along

1. Literally, to play the same song as someone else on one's own instrument. I sang while my uncle played along on the banjo.
2. By extension, 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. If you play along, we could convince the IRS that the money came from donations. Just play along and do what they say, and nobody will get hurt!
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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CONTACT: Jen Bernstein of Play Along, +1-954-596-2210, jbernstein@playalongtoys.
With today's announcement, Xavier Roberts, creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids, said, "We are very pleased with the effort the team at Play Along continues to put into the development of our favorite brand.
We are grateful to Play Along for their support, as funds generated from this event will help Starlight Starbright brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the nation," said Andy Trilling, Director of Development.
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Nasdaq:JAKK) announced today that its Fly Wheels[TM] XPV and Speed Stacks[R] StackPack[R], from JAKKS' Play Along division, were predicted to be among the hottest toys for the 2006 holiday season by Toy Wishes Magazine, the ultimate guide to family entertainment, as part of their highly anticipated Hot Dozen list.
SusCom digital cable customers in Williamsport will be able to tune into Buzztime at Channel 998, which is the first channel listing in their on-screen interactive program guide (IPG), and need only their existing Scientific- Atlanta Explorer(R) digital set top box and remote control to play along on Buzztime.
The game is designed for two to four players or teams, with special cards that allow you to also play along with the TV show.
We at Play Along are honored to help bring this favorite story to life, and eager to make these characters tangible for kids of all ages.
Bingo'' will be live, interactive and, for the first time in this market, available for home participants to play along with the show, to win cash and other prizes.
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Thanks to the introduction of a revolutionary new interactive music product from MusicPlayground, Beatles fans can literally play along with some of their favorite Beatles songs without needing to know how to play an instrument.
There also will be classes in which a parent can exercise and play along with his preschool child.
Now, Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boy's Nick Carter, joins this exclusive group of superstars with the debut of his own action figures from Play Along Toys, in conjunction with the August 7 release of Aaron's new CD "Oh Aaron