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English definition of “play up to sb”

play up to sb

phrasal verb with play     /pleɪ/ verb
to try to make someone like you and treat you well by behaving in a way you think will please them: Julia knows how to play up to the supervisors - she can always get time off work when she wants it.Praising insincerely or too eagerly
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