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Phrasal Verbs

play up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb play up (1)

INFORMAL

Meaning

If something is playing up, it isn't working properly or it's causing problems.

Synonym

act up

For example

  • play up This bloody printer is playing up again!

  • play up Whenever the weather is cold and damp, my back plays up and I have to take pain medicine.

Quick Quiz

If your computer is playing up, you should

a. have it repaired

b. throw it against a wall

c. try harder to beat it

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