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English definition of “play with sth”

play with sth

verb uk phrasal verb with play   /pleɪ/ us  

(IDEA)

to consider an idea or plan: Patricia and I were playing (around) with the idea/possibility of moving to Glasgow.Thinking and contemplating

(TOUCH)

disapproving to keep touching and moving something around with no purpose or interest: Stop playing with your hair! She was just playing with her food - she didn't eat a mouthful.Touching and feelingShowing affection
(Definition of play with sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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