|play the stock market
||buy stocks and shares, sell stocks and shares
||At first he invested in real estate; then he played the stock market.
|play to the crowd
||play a sport just for the crowd, a hotdog
||The coach wants us to play to win, not play to the crowd.
|play with fire
||do risky things, live dangerously, take chances
||"If you play with fire," Trine explained, "you may get burned.
You may get hurt."
|pleased as punch
||very pleased, happy about
||Our minister is pleased as punch when there's a large offering.
|pluck at the heart strings
||cause us to feel sadness or longing, move you to tears,
||I'm feeling sentimental. That song is plucking at my heart strings.
||work slowly and steadily, slug away
||If you plug away at physics, you will eventually understand it.
||become familiar with, learn to use
||If he wants to be a dentist, he'll have to plug into the sciences.
|plug the product
||(See put in a plug for)
|plug the team
||add the best players from other teams
||The Flyers plugged their team with star players from the league.
||completely crazy, crackers
||After several crop failures, one farmer went plumb loco.