play upon

play upon
To play upon something means the same as to play on it. [FORMAL]

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • play\ upon — • play (up)on v 1. To cause an effect on; influence. A heavy diet of television drama played on his feelings. 2. To work upon for a planned effect; excite to a desired action by cunning plans; manage. The makeup salesman played on the woman s… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • play upon — see ↑play on above. • • • Main Entry: ↑play …   Useful english dictionary

  • play upon — index dupe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play upon words — play on words or play upon words noun A pun or other manipulation of words depending on their sound • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play on words or play upon words, = pun. (Cf. ↑pun) …   Useful english dictionary

  • play upon words — index distort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play upon — See: PLAY ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play upon — See: PLAY ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play upon — See play on …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • play upon something — ˈplay on/upon sth derived to take advantage of sb s feelings, etc. Syn: ↑exploit • Advertisements often play on people s fears. Main entry: ↑playderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • To play upon — Play Play, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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