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English definition of “play on words”

play on words

a humorous use of a word with more than one meaning or that sounds like another word: The name of the shop - 'Strata Various' - is a play on words, because it sounds like 'Stradivarius', the famous violin maker.
(Definition of play on words from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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