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be playing at sth

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If you ask what someone is playing at, you are angry because they are doing something stupid: What on Earth/the hell were you playing at? - You could have got us all killed!
Translations of “be playing at sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 亂搞,瞎弄…
in Russian вести игру…
in Turkish laf olsun diye yapmak, eğlenmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 乱搞,瞎弄…
in Polish wyprawiać coś…
(Definition of be playing at sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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