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See also: play-off
- (transitive) To pretend to not be embarrassed, upset, impressed, or otherwise affected by something.
- After tripping, Sara tried to play her embarrassment off by laughing with everyone else.
- Although he's obviously hung over, he's trying to play it off as food poisoning.
- (sports) To compete against in a play-off.
- (dated) To display; to show; to put in exercise.
- to play off tricks