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play on words

a humorous use of a word with more than one meaning or that sounds like another word: The name of the shop - "Strata Various" - is a play on words, because it sounds like Stradivarius, the famous violin maker.
(Definition of play on words from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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in Chinese (Simplified) 文字游戏…
in Chinese (Traditional) 文字遊戲…
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