Definition of Play false

1. Verb. Conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end. "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"




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Lexicographical Neighbors of Play False

play and playthings
play at
play back
play ball
play both ends against the middle
play both sides against the middle
play bow
play by ear
play catch-up
play dead
play down
play dumb
play false (current term)
play fast and loose
play fight
play fights
play for love
play for time
play games
play gooseberry
play group
play hard to get
play hardball
play hookey
play hooky
play house
play houses

Literary usage of Play false

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Sunday Magazine by Thomas Guthrie, William Garden Blaikie, Benjamin Waugh (1873)
"I do hope you will take care what you do," Milly went on ; " don't play false in your ... play false ..."

2. Facetiae. Musarum Deliciae: Or, The Muses Recreation. Containing Severall by Sir John Mennes, James Smith, Thomas Park, Edward Du Bois (1817)
"But did not death play false to win from such As he ? no doubt, he bare a man too much. An honest Epitaph. Here lyes an honest man, reader, ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"YOU play false 1842. MACAULAY, Horatius, xxjx. Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, ... You play false, you hound 1 Bin PLAYING SOME dark LITTLE GAME ? 1888. ..."

4. Westminster Papers: A Monthly Journal of Chess, Whist, Games of Skill and by Westminster Chess Club, London (1873)
"Yet, daily, we see others play false cards without rhyme or reason, and sometimes winning or seldom losing by their cleverness, and this at a table where ..."

5. The Whist Reference Book: Wherein Information is Presented Concerning the by William Mill Butler (1898)
"Do not play false cards. You will deceive your partner in nine cases out of ... If the right to play false is recognized, there is then no limit to its per ..."

6. The Sunday Magazine by Thomas Guthrie, William Garden Blaikie, Benjamin Waugh (1873)
"I do hope you will take care what you do," Milly went on ; " don't play false in your ... play false ..."

7. Facetiae. Musarum Deliciae: Or, The Muses Recreation. Containing Severall by Sir John Mennes, James Smith, Thomas Park, Edward Du Bois (1817)
"But did not death play false to win from such As he ? no doubt, he bare a man too much. An honest Epitaph. Here lyes an honest man, reader, ..."

8. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"YOU play false 1842. MACAULAY, Horatius, xxjx. Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, ... You play false, you hound 1 Bin PLAYING SOME dark LITTLE GAME ? 1888. ..."

9. Westminster Papers: A Monthly Journal of Chess, Whist, Games of Skill and by Westminster Chess Club, London (1873)
"Yet, daily, we see others play false cards without rhyme or reason, and sometimes winning or seldom losing by their cleverness, and this at a table where ..."

10. The Whist Reference Book: Wherein Information is Presented Concerning the by William Mill Butler (1898)
"Do not play false cards. You will deceive your partner in nine cases out of ... If the right to play false is recognized, there is then no limit to its per ..."

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