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play (one) false

old-fashioned To deceive one; to cheat or swindle one. I insisted that they offer something as a collateral before we entered the deal, lest they play us false with their offer. The rogue had been playing the old lady false for nearly a year, preying on her trusting nature to bilk her out of her fortune.
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play false

Deceive or betray one, as in If my memory does not play false, I met them years ago in Italy. [Late 1500s]
See also: false, play
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

play someone false

prove treacherous or deceitful towards someone; let someone down.
See also: false, play, someone
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