play up (1)

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

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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Contributor: Matt Errey