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English definition of “play with sth”

play with sth

(TOUCH) disapproving phrasal verb with play     /pleɪ/ verb
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 (TOUCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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