Meaning of “play games” in the English Dictionary

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"play games" in British English

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play games

C2 to try to deceive someone:

Don't play games with me!

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

"play games" in American English

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play games

to behave in a way that is not serious or honest enough:

I'm not interested in playing games with people at city hall on the tax issue.
Stop playing games with me, or you will not be allowed to go out this weekend.

(Definition of “play games” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)