play on

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play on (third-person singular simple present plays on, present participle playing on, simple past and past participle played on)

  1. To exploit by exacerbating.
    to play on someone's fears
  2. (cricket, of a batsman) to hit the ball into his own wicket, thus being out bowled
  3. (sports) to let the game continue after a foul has been committed, because the situation is advantageous to the team who would be awarded a foul.