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“play at sth” in British English

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play at sth

phrasal verb with play us uk /pleɪ/ verb

to pretend to be a particular person 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 law school next year.

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(Definition of “play at sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)