Meaning of “byplay” in the English Dictionary

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"byplay" in British English

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byplaynoun [ U or S ]

uk /ˈbaɪ.pleɪ/ us /ˈbaɪ.pleɪ/

Examples from literature

  • Some actors scarcely ever need a hint at rehearsal, reading their speeches naturally the first time and finding for themselves the appropriate byplay,—"business," as technical phrase terms it. 
  • Strong was busy talking to someone on the portable intercom and had missed the byplay between the three finalists. 

(Definition of “byplay” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)