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play sb/sth off against sb/sth

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb
to encourage one person or group to compete or argue with another, hoping to get some advantage from this situation: Management policy seemed to be to play one department off against another.
Translations of “play sb/sth off against sb/sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) (為漁利而)使相鬥,挑撥離間…
in Chinese (Simplified) (为渔利而)使相斗,挑拨离间…
(Definition of play sb/sth off against sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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