Definition of Play out

1. Verb. Deplete. "They play out the money "; "We quickly played out our strength"

Exact synonyms: Exhaust, Run Down, Sap, Tire
Generic synonyms: Consume, Deplete, Eat, Eat Up, Exhaust, Run Through, Use Up, Wipe Out
Derivative terms: Exhaustion, Sapper



2. Verb. Perform or be performed to the end. "How will the election drama be played out?"
Generic synonyms: Perform

3. Verb. Play to a finish. "We have got to play this game out, even thought it is clear that we have last"
Category relationships: Game
Generic synonyms: Play

4. Verb. Become spent or exhausted. "The champion's strength played out fast"
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Exhaust, Run Down, Sap, Tire

Definition of Play out

1. Verb. (transitive) To play (a game etc.) to its conclusion. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To play music to accompany the end of, or as a final segment in (a programme, broadcast etc.). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Play Out

play hookey
play hooky
play house
play houses
play in
play it by ear
play it cool
play it safe
play list
play money
play off
play on
play on words
play one's cards right
play one against another
play out (current term)
play possum
play reading
play safe
play second fiddle
play silly buggers
play someone like a fiddle
play structure
play the advantage
play the board
play the field
play the fool
play the ponies
play the race card
play the same tape

Literary usage of Play out

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

1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1863)
"When you are obliged to lead from a numerically weak suit, the general rule is to play out the highest card you have, to inform your partner. ..."

2. The Bookman (1898)
"In making a play out of the novel, either dramatic proportion had to be ignored or the details of the story had to be very much changed. ..."

3. Longman's Magazine by Charles James Longman (1889)
"The difficulties and disadvantages of trying to make a play out of a popular tale, when the sequence and development of the story must be retained in the ..."

4. The Chess Player's Chronicle (1882)
"All games unfinished on play-days must be played off on these bye-days, and when a player has to play out an unfinished game and a draw, the former will ..."

5. The Law Magazine and Review: For Both Branches of the Legal Profession at by William S. Hein & Company (1875)
"In other words, no English author is permitted to manufacture a play out of another English author's play under pretence that he is making a ' fair ..."

6. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1863)
"When you are obliged to lead from a numerically weak suit, the general rule is to play out the highest card you have, to inform your partner. ..."

7. The Bookman (1898)
"In making a play out of the novel, either dramatic proportion had to be ignored or the details of the story had to be very much changed. ..."

8. Longman's Magazine by Charles James Longman (1889)
"The difficulties and disadvantages of trying to make a play out of a popular tale, when the sequence and development of the story must be retained in the ..."

9. The Chess Player's Chronicle (1882)
"All games unfinished on play-days must be played off on these bye-days, and when a player has to play out an unfinished game and a draw, the former will ..."

10. The Law Magazine and Review: For Both Branches of the Legal Profession at by William S. Hein & Company (1875)
"In other words, no English author is permitted to manufacture a play out of another English author's play under pretence that he is making a ' fair ..."

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