One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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