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English definition of “play sb/sth off against sb/sth”

play sb/sth off against sb/sth

phrasal verb with play     /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.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
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