2010년 12월 13일 월요일

Dic: play on

[PHRASAL VERB] V P n
If you play on someone's fears, weaknesses, or faults, you deliberately use them in order to persuade that person to do something, or to achieve what you want. (= exploit)

  • an election campaign which plays on the population's fear of change.
.... Cobuild

CF. play (up)on something

1. Lit. to make music on a musical instrument. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.)
  • Can you play upon this instrument, or only the one you are holding? 
  • I can't play on this! It's broken.
2. Lit. to play a game on a field or court.
  • Shall we play on the floor or on the table? 
  • Let's play on the field. It's dry enough now.
3. Fig. to exploit something—including a word—for some purpose; to develop something for some purpose. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.)
  • You are just playing on words! 
  • You are playing on a misunderstanding.
4. Fig. [for light] to sparkle on something.
  • The reflections of the candles played on the surface of the wall.
  •  The lights played on the crystal goblets.

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