play out


play out
PHRASAL VERB: usu passive
If a dramatic event is played out, it gradually takes place.

[be V-ed P] The political turmoil is being played out against a backdrop of terror attacks by far-right bombers...

[be V-ed P] The film has eerie parallels with the drama being played out in real life. [Also V P n]

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