Значение идиомы play on

[play on] or [play upon] {v.} 1. To cause an effect on; influence.

A heavy diet of television drama played on his feelings.

2. Towork upon for a planned effect; excite to a desired action by cunningplans; manage.

The makeup salesman played on the woman’s wish tolook beautiful.

In some places, leaders play upon people’ssuperstitious fears.

He played on the man’s ambition and love ofhonor.


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