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play (oneself) in

To become accustomed to or comfortable with a particular action or situation. Used especially in reference sports and athletes. Primarily heard in UK. The rookie goalkeeper had to enter the game after the starter went out with a hamstring injury, and he just never had a chance to play himself in.
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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