p Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
as opposed to soft ball, to throw a hard ball
Sentence 1
We play hardball in regular baseball. A softer ball is used in softball.
Meaning 2
to play tough, to play to win
Sentence 2
Let's play hardball on this contract. I want to come in at a lower price.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to succumb or fall into a planned trap
Sentence 1
When the arrogant gambler put all his money on the line holding a flush, he played into the opponent’s hand who held a royal flush.
Meaning 2
to give someone an advantage
Sentence 2
If you reveal the missile sites, you’ll play into the enemy’s hands.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to participate in a game or contest with fixed rules
Sentence 1
Do you know how to play the game of tennis?
Meaning 2
to know the rules and follow them; The game equals business or anything in which one competes in life.
Sentence 2
He is a good team player. He knows how to play the game.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to play a card in the trump or most powerful suit
Sentence 1
My trump card will take your ace.
Meaning 2
to try to win by using something powerful
Sentence 2
Play your trump card. Tell them we can get financing in two weeks.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to place a card or cards on the table from one's hand of cards so the game can continue
Sentence 1
Please play your card. I'm tired of waiting.
Meaning 2
to perform or play skillfully
Sentence 2
If you play your cards right, Rebecca, you'll get the job.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
teams play against each other until one team wins
Sentence 1
The two top teams in the league go to the play-offs.
Meaning 2
to compete to win something
Sentence 2
We're into the play-offs on this contract. Do your best to get it for us.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A playbook is used in football; it describes moves on the football field for the team and coaches. They need to study the playbook before a game.
Sentence 1
All players are expected to memorize the plays in this new playbook for the season.
Meaning 2
A playbook can and often is used in a political campaign.
Sentence 2
This playbook, by our political consultants, is for the 2014 legislative campaign. It describes the strategy for the campaign, play by play.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Playbook is a book of strategies: a compendium of plays for the team, whether football or other sports. However, it is so common, that it is used in other speech, such as business and dating.
Sentence 1
Please play defense according to the playbook.
Meaning 2
A new playbook: New strategies for your plan, whether for business, college or a girl or boyfriend.
Sentence 2
You need a new playbook for your new girlfriend.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to play a game or sport
Sentence 1
Mary is a good bridge player.
Meaning 2
to work with a group
Sentence 2
You can trust Alice. She is a good player.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hold your cards close to your chest, so no one can see them
Sentence 1
He didn't want the others to see his cards, so he played them close to his chest.
Meaning 2
to not reveal your strategy
Sentence 2
Let's play it close to the chest. Don't show the murder weapon to the jury until later.