play off against


play off against
If you play people off against each other, you make them compete or argue, so that you gain some advantage.

[V n P P n] Gregory would interview them, and would play one off against the other. [Also V P n (not pron) P n]


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • play off — verb set into opposition or rivalry let them match their best athletes against ours pit a chess player against the Russian champion He plays his two children off against each other • Syn: ↑pit, ↑oppose, ↑match • Derivationally related for …   Useful english dictionary

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  • play off — 1) match opposing persons, forces or interests for one s own gain Nobody likes the supervisor because he is always trying to play off one group of workers against another. 2) settle a score between two teams or contestants by more play We went to …   Idioms and examples

  • play A off against B — ˌplay A ˈoff against B derived (BrE) (NAmE ˈplay A off B) to put two people or groups in competition with each other, especially in order to get an advantage for yourself • She played her two rivals off against each other and got the job herself …   Useful english dictionary

  • play off — {v.} 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interests so that they balance each other. * /The girl played off her admirers against each other./ * /Britain tried to play off European nations against each other so that she would have a balance of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play off — {v.} 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interests so that they balance each other. * /The girl played off her admirers against each other./ * /Britain tried to play off European nations against each other so that she would have a balance of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play\ off — v 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interests so that they balance each other. The girl played off her admirers against each other. Britain tried to play off European nations against each other so that she would have a balance of power. 2 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ˌplay sb ˈoff against sb — phrasal verb if you play two people off against each other, you try to cause an argument between them in order to get more control in a situation …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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