play games

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play games

  1. (idiomatic) To deceive, to lie about one's intentions
    Stop playing games with me and tell me the truth.
    "Accusing Governor Carey of playing games with taxpayers in his $12.7 billion budget, the Senate majority leader, Warren M. Anderson of Binghamton, said today that it would face rough sledding, in the Republican led State Senate." - New York Times, 1979