play (up) Old Gooseberry

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play (up) Old Gooseberry

1. obsolete To cause or partake in mischief, chaos, or havoc. "Old Gooseberry" is an archaic term for the Devil. The drunken revelers played Old Gooseberry as they caroused down the street, making as much noise and causing as much damage as they could.
2. obsolete To silence, defeat, or put an end to someone or something causing a disturbance. Often followed by "with." The constable came upon the scene and, with a strike of his billy club against the table, played up Old Gooseberry with the insolent knaves.
See also: gooseberry, old, play
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