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playing devil's advocate

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playing devil's advocate

Postby nuni » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:51 pm

Dear friends,

I am reading a book now but I don't understand the meaning of this sentence and phrase:
1. ... he wanted to raise enough money to strategically out-advertise the competition.
2. ... playing devil's advocate to see where the arguments would lead. (especially the words 'playing devil's advocate')

Please help me and thank you for your help.
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Re: playing devil's advocate

Postby Josef » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:06 am

If you play devil's advocate in a discussion, you put the opposite view or opinion, even if you don't believe it, to provoke a response or test the strength of your colleague's argument.
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