play up

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play up

  1. (Britain, idiomatic) To misbehave
    Children who do not receive enough attention may begin to play up.
    The radar system is playing up again.
  2. (idiomatic) To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight
    For the audition, Nicole will play up her skill as a pianist by playing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach.