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English definition of “play itself out”

play itself out

verb uk phrasal verb with play   /pleɪ/ us  
If a situation plays itself out, it develops until nothing more can happen and it is no longer very important: We were forced to stand back and let the crisis play itself out.Coming to an endCausing something to end
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