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playthingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpleɪ.θɪŋ/
an ​object used for ​pleasure or ​enjoyment, such as a child's ​toy: I ​keep all the children's playthings in that ​bigcupboard. "Limousines and ​yachts are the playthings of the ​rich," he said ​dismissively. someone who is ​considered or ​treated without ​respect and ​forced to do things for someone else's ​pleasure or ​advantage: These men's ​magazines just ​treat women as playthings.
(Definition of plaything from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plaything" in American English

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playthingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/
  • plaything noun [C] (TOY)

a child’s ​toy, or something used like a ​toy: Fancy ​cars were the playthings of the ​rich.
  • plaything noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​person who is not ​treated with ​care or ​respect
(Definition of plaything from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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