|play havoc with
||interfere with, cause sudden changes
||The wind played havoc with the ball, causing it to rise or fall.
||not attend classes, stay away from school
||One spring day, some of us played hooky. We went fishing.
|play into his hand
||do as he planned, fall into his trap (see fall into a trap)
||By accepting a ride in Paul's car, you played right into his hand.
|play it by ear
||play without a plan, improvise, jam
||If our plans fail, we can play it by ear. We'll be creative!
|play it cool
||be calm, do not become excited, chill out
||If Lisa tells you she's pregnant, play it cool. Don't become angry.
|play it for all it's worth
||get the most out of it, dramatize it, ham it up
||When Uncle Saul tells a story, he plays it for all it's worth.
|play it safe
||be careful, do not take a chance
||Play it safe when you go out in a boat. Wear a life jacket.
|play it up
||act like it is important, make it a big deal
||If there's an argument, he plays it up. He makes it worse.
|play musical chairs
||move people around but not change the operation,
shuffle the chairs on the deck
||The government is playing musical chairs again - moving the
the ministers around but not improving anything.
|play my cards right
||behave in the best way, do the right things
||If you play your cards right at the interview, you should get the job.