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play +‎ toy


playtoy (plural playtoys)

  1. A plaything.
    • 1724, William Burkitt, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, London, 1739, Hebrews Chapter 11, p. 742,[1]
      [Moses] did not only [] at three Years old cast a Crown, [given] him for a Play-toy, to the Ground, and trample it under his Feet; but as the Apostle says here, when he came to be a Man, he treated it with no more Respect, but refused to be called the Son of Pharaoh’s Daughter.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 18, p. 104,[2]
      It took some time for the singers to come off their level of exaltation, but the minister stood resolute until the song unwound like a child’s playtoy and lay quieted in the aisles.
    • 1973, “Blacks v. Feminists,” Time, 26 March, 1973,[3]
      To blacks, adds Editor-Publisher Ida Lewis, Women’s Lib is merely “a playtoy for middle-class white women.”