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play

1. n. a strategy; a plan of action. That was a bad play, Bill. We lost the account.
2. n. an attractive investment; a way to make some money in the securities markets. I just heard about a good play in the options market.

play

/act the fool
1. To act in an irresponsible or foolish manner.
2. To behave in a playful or comical manner.
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Henry Crawford, who meanwhile had taken up the play, and with seeming carelessness was turning over the first act, soon settled the business.
Yet I was not then taking notes merely in order to be able to give you a description of roulette, but in order to get my bearings as to my behaviour when I myself should begin to play.
The effect is so equal from either experience that I am not sure as to some plays whether I read them or saw them first, though as to most of them I am aware that I never saw them at all; and if the whole truth must be told there is still one of his plays that I have not read, and I believe it is esteemed one of his greatest.
A prosperous, successful business man without great ambition, was Daylight's estimate of him--a man too easily satisfied with the small stakes of the game ever to launch out in big play.
It was in such solemn surroundings that our first plays were played.
In many places, however, detached plays, or groups of plays smaller than the full cycles, continued to be presented at one season or another.
Tom wondered within himself, as they strolled back again towards the fives court, whether the matches were really such break-neck affairs as East represented, and whether, if they were, he should ever get to like them and play up well,
The officers or inhabitants of the town were not allowed to play at these games, but strangers, peasants, ladies were admitted, and any one who chose to lose or win money.
Pontellier what she would like to hear me play," she requested of Robert.
She's out of the play in the second act -- that's one comfort
It was the only tune she knew, but that she could play with one finger.
No,' said he, 'I do not ask my life; only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time.
Then she'll have a chance of seeing him play in the championship competition.
Sometimes they seemed to think that it was his fault if he could not play football, and he was unable to make them understand.
Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's garden.