Meaning of “play ball” in the English Dictionary

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"play ball" in British English

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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)

"play ball" in American English

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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)

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