|play on my heart strings
||cause me to feel emotional, make me feel sentimental
||The movie Hey Jude will play on your heart strings.
It will make you cry.
|play on words
||(See a play on words)
||become tired or exhausted, become winded
||After two sets of tennis, Ling said, "I'm played out!"
||happen, conclude, pan out, work out,
||Nina used to work for Ed. Now Ed works for Nina. I want to see how this plays out.
|play second fiddle
||accept a lower position, take a back seat
||Kirk won't play second fiddle to her. He wants to be the boss.
|play the field
||date many people, go out with various men/women
||After a long relationship with Sue, he began to play the field.
|play the fool
||pretend you are a fool, act simple or foolish
||If you play the fool, people will often tell you secrets.
|play the ham
||act for an audience, ham it up
||After a couple of drinks, he likes to play the ham - to be a clown.
|play the heavy
||be the strong man or tough guy
||In our gang, Don plays the heavy. He talks and acts tough.
|play the ponies
||bet on horses at the race track
||He's lost a lot of money playing the ponies. He bets on every race.