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English definition of “play on/upon sth”

play on/upon sth

verb uk phrasal verb with play   /pleɪ/ us  
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.
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