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, to
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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, to
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