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play on words

a humorous use of a word with more than one meaning or that sounds like another word: The name of the shop - "Strata Various" - is a play on words, because it sounds like Stradivarius, the famous violin maker.
Translations of “play on words”
in Chinese (Traditional) 文字遊戲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 文字游戏…
(Definition of play on words from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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