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play in something

1. to play a musical instrument in some musical organization. I used to play in a band. I wanted to play in the orchestra but I wasn't good enough.
2. [for someone] to play the action of a game in a particular position or location. Fred played in left field for the rest of the game. I will play in the backfield for the rest of the game.
3. to perform in a specific production. She played in the Broadway production of Major Barbara. Once, I played in The Mikado.
See also: play
References in classic literature ?
My own garden is my own garden," said the Giant; "any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.
He came on the wings of disappointment, and with his head full of acting, for it had been a theatrical party; and the play in which he had borne a part was within two days of representation, when the sudden death of one of the nearest connexions of the family had destroyed the scheme and dispersed the performers.
To think of the part one little woman can play in the life of a man, so that to renounce her may be a very good imitation of heroism, and to win her may be a discipline
She's out of the play in the second act -- that's one comfort
His goal in the 50th minute gave Palos Verdes a 3-2 lead on a play in which Saugus goalkeeper Joseph Mackey came too far out of the box, allowing Tulchin to tap the ball past him.
And the fight against the prison industrial complex--while correct in the view that prisons serve as a means of confining and/or disappearing a generation of black and brown youth--must include in its analysis the pivotal role immigrants play in the expansion of the big business of law enforcement and prisons.
Interactive Network has been ready for months to play IN the Huddle but entered into discussions with NTN to extend its copyright license for the game OB1 for two more years.
We continue to be very excited about Anadarko's deepwater exploration and development projects and the key role they play in Anadarko's strategy.
The five-year proposal acknowledges the impact that recreational fisheries play in the country's social, cultural and economic well-being.
We believe BPM has a unique role to play in the advancement of SOA, and that demands a continual adoption of all standards.