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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"They have made the West look relatively ineffective; and so now is the time for us to make amends, and to play to our strengths."
"It's about being as clever as you can and making sure we play to our strengths.
A spokeswoman said: "We continue to play to our strengths this season and a particular focus for us is the nod to the 60s which exudes all things demure, feminine and elegant.
Sockett said: "The pitch was not conducive to our passing game but we'll be at home this time and will play to our strengths and look to combat theirs.
As our region continues to pull out of recession, and combat the new challenges brought by the Government's era of public sector austerity, it's essential we play to our strengths and drive development in areas such as cleaner, greener technology.
We have to play to our strengths and we did not do that in the second half.
We all know pre-derby form means nothing on the day, but Everton will win if we play to our strengths and don't get carried away with the atmosphere.
We'renot realistically in relegation trouble now so please,Brian,let's play to our strengths. Possession of the ball in the opponent's half of the field and creating chances is the best form of defence.
However, let's forget the blame game and have the courage to admit failure, start again and play to our strengths. One thing this city has is a world class industrial heritage.
CPA ElderCare Services play to our strengths. In fact, we already provide much needed services to our aging and aged clientele.
"The most important thing now is to play to our strengths. We have made our fans happy with this win and we now have a chance to make it through to the last 16."
"But we have to be smart as well - when they have the ball how we're defending and when we have it how to play to our strengths. I'm not going to give the game plan away but we do have to be smart."
And he pre-empted any accusations of negativity by declaring: "We will play to our strengths, what is best for us on the night.
"We need to play to our strengths and get the points."