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play on/upon sth

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb
If you play on/upon someone's feelings, you encourage and make unfair use of these feelings in order to get an advantage for yourself: I hate marketing strategies that play on people's fears and prejudices.
Translations of “play on/upon sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 利用(感情)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 利用(感情)…
(Definition of play on/upon sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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