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play ball

informal
to agree to work with or help someone in the way they have suggested: The family wanted him to be taken care of at home, but the insurance company refused to play ball.
(Definition of play ball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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play ball

infmlto agree to work with or help someone in the way the person has suggested: The family wanted a full-time nurse but the insurance company refused to play ball (= would not pay for one).
(Definition of play ball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “play ball”
in Chinese (Simplified) (与…)合作…
in Chinese (Traditional) (與…)合作…
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