play up

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English - English
To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight

For the audition, Nicole will play up her skill as a pianist by playing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach.

To misbehave

Children who do not receive enough attention may begin to play up.

move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important. The media played up the prospects for a settlement His Japanese ancestry has been played up by some of his opponents. play down
advertise, publicize
ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior; "She is playing up to the chairman"
When children play up, they are naughty and difficult to control. Patrick often plays up when he knows I'm in a hurry
If something such as a machine or a part of your body is playing up or is playing you up, it is causing problems because it is not working properly. The engine had been playing up It was his back playing him up
play up to
flatter, attempt to gain favor
play up