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English definition of “play politics”

play politics

UK
to use a situation or the relationships between people for your own advantage : He accused councillors of playing politics with children's education .Affecting and influencing Grammar:Politics, political, politician or policy?
(Definition of play politics from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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