play to (one's) strengths

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play to (one's) strengths

1. To prioritize using one's natural abilities and specific skills, especially by pursuing tasks or goals suited to such skills. After his disappointing Western-themed family drama, it's nice to see the director once again playing to her strengths with a film grounded in humor and wit.
2. To put one in a position that allows them to best use their natural abilities and specific skills. We're going to have everyone try out the different positions on the field so we can find everyone a role that plays to their strengths.
See also: play, strength

play to your ˈstrengths

give your attention and effort to things that you do well; give somebody the opportunity to do this: Each member of the team should have a task that plays to their strengths.
See also: play, strength
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2 and second- seed Saina to succeed at the prestigious event will be to play to her strengths, feel former players.
But the way she hammered her Longchamp rivals by five lengths in course record time suggests she can overcome that handicap - especially given that the fast ground should play to her strengths.
The manner in which she stayed on in the closing stages last time gave the strong impression a return to this trip would suit and the likely soft ground conditions will certainly play to her strengths.
Michael Bell's filly was wildly progressive last year, eventually proving herself in Group 1 company, and the prospect of a decent pace up front will play to her strengths. MW
The Night Shift filly reappeared at Brighton last month and stayed on well to take third place behind Meadaaf in a tenfurlong event, beaten about two lengths in a race that did not play to her strengths.
Catherine Hall has done much to illuminate early nineteenth-century societal assumptions and practices in Britain, but in her future writings she would be well advised to play to her strengths and to leave to others most of the jargon and all of the theorizing.
Play to her strengths instead of constantly displaying her weakness.
Ralph Beckett's pocket battleship is already a classic winner - she skated away with the Oaks at Epsom in June - and the combination of soft ground and the Leger's extended one-mile, six-furlong distance will play to her strengths.