play out

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play out

  1. (transitive) To play (a game etc.) to its conclusion.
    • 2011 February 12, Nabil Hassan, “Blackburn 0 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC[1]:
      Newcastle and Blackburn played out a goalless draw in a game that the Magpies dominated at Ewood Park.
  2. (transitive) To play music to accompany the end of, or as a final segment in (a programme, broadcast etc.).
    And now, to play us out, please welcome Tom Waits.
  3. (intransitive) To occur in a certain manner.
    Let's keep our heads down for a little while and see how things play out.
    My date played out a little differently than I imagined.
    • 2019 May 12, Alex McLevy, “Westeros faces a disastrous final battle on the penultimate Game of Thrones (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[2]:
      The Mountain versus the Hound played out entertainingly, with the elder Clegane still outmatching his younger brother pound for pound and blow for blow. Being turned into a walking zombie of sorts didn’t just amplify his strength; it essentially obviated the need to parry blows, as even Sandor sinking his sword deep into his undead brother didn’t seem to slow him down in the slightest.

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