Definition of make (great) play of (or with) in English:

make (great) play of (or with)


  • Draw attention to in an ostentatious manner, typically to gain prestige or advantage.

    ‘the company made great play of their recent growth in profits’
    • ‘Hostile contemporary commentators naturally made great play with alleged waste at court, castigating a spendthrift queen Marie-Antoinette in particular.’
    • ‘The US, British, Japanese, Canadian and European governments all made great play of their desire to help the world's poorest countries.’
    • ‘McConnell has made great play of promising that the extra £3.2bn invested in the Scottish health service over the next five years will not simply be a blank cheque.’
    • ‘They made great play of the fact they've spent £300,000 on redecorating the place.’
    • ‘The revised figure is an embarrassment for the Government, which has made great play of its success in bringing the backlog down from a record high of 103,000 at the start of last year.’
    • ‘He even makes great play of the fact that he used to be right-wing.’
    • ‘Both reported strong results but, more significantly, made play of the fact that they are the kind of company clients turn to during a downturn because they supply more ‘cost-effective’ solutions.’
    • ‘For all their perceived monetary difficulties, Hibs continue to make great play of plans to build two football academy-type centres, though both proposals are proceeding slowly.’
    • ‘In November 2002, the UK media made great play of the fact that a passenger was able to travel to Zambia on her husband's passport.’
    • ‘He makes great play of his non-establishment (meaning non-public school, and non-Oxbridge) background.’