Meaning of “play on words” in the English Dictionary

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"play on words" in British English

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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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