Meaning of “make a play for sth/sb” in the English Dictionary

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"make a play for sth/sb" in British English

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make a play for sth/sb

to try to get something, or start a relationship with someone, sometimes by using a plan:

I wouldn't have made a play for him if I'd known he was married.

(Definition of “make a play for sth/sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)