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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The Belgium international, who Mourinho signed for PS75m in the summer of 2017, has started just once in the Premier League under Solskjaer and Cole says the 25-yearold must play to his strengths to get back into the side.
BLOW BY BLOW, winner of three bumpers, including a Grade 1 at Punchestown, should win the John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle, when the gruelling two miles and seven furlongs should play to his strengths at Navan tomorrow.
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He will surely improve from that run and this longer trip and testing ground will really play to his strengths.
He's a big lad and we will be able to play to his strengths by getting crosses into the box.
OSCARS WELL has gone from strength to strength this season and his speed figures confirm a strongly run race will play to his strengths, writes Dave Edwards.
Although exact plans are undecided, the grey looks an ideal candidate for Aintree where the expected decent conditions and sharp track should play to his strengths.
"We just have to play to his strengths and if we don't do that he doesn't look as good as he should do.
Everton failed to play to his strengths and we could be embarrassed.
Smith says a CEO should play to his strengths and build bench strength in areas where he may not be as strong as others.
Joe Fanning's mount went under by a neck and a nose over a mile and a half at Catterick on his latest start and the extra furlong here should play to his strengths.
I would have liked to see Beckford stay on with Yakubu and give him the chance to be in the team when we actually play to his strengths and give him something to work with.
This 2m1/2f trip should play to his strengths and he is the highest rated on official figures.
The three-year-old, who is unbeaten on his last four outings, has yet to race beyond seven furlongs but Tabor hopes stepping George Washington up in trip for the 2000 Guineas will play to his strengths.
That was a promising effort considering it was his first taste of all-weather racing and he can be excused his defeat back there last week because the muddling pace did not play to his strengths.