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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 ​famousviolinmaker.
(Definition of play on words from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “play on words”
in Chinese (Simplified) 文字游戏…
in Chinese (Traditional) 文字遊戲…
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