play up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"play up" in British English

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play up

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb

play up (CHILD)

UK When ​childrenplay up, they ​behavebadly: The ​boys have been ​playing up at ​school again.

play up (MACHINE)

If a ​machineplays up, it does not ​work as it should: The ​startermotor was ​playing up again.
(Definition of play up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"play up" in American English

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play up

phrasal verb with play  us   /pleɪ/ verb

play up (CAUSE TROUBLE)

to ​behave or ​operate in a way that ​causesdifficulty: Is ​yourulcer playing up again?
(Definition of play up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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