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play at sth

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb
to ​pretend to be a ​particularperson or to do a ​particular thing, usually as a ​game: The ​children were ​playing at Batman and Robin. to do something for ​enjoyment or ​interest, or without much ​care and ​effort, ​rather than in a ​serious way or as a ​job: She's only ​playing at being an ​actress - she's going off to ​lawschool next ​year.
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