One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The score at a particular time in a cricket or football match.
- ‘He can look at the game and know the state of play when he's going on the field.’
- ‘Tucker slotted over the resultant penalty to narrow the score to 12-3, which remained the state of play at the interval.’
- ‘Like Virender Sehwag, Afridi is immune to vagaries such as the condition of the pitch and the state of play.’
- ‘You can't really argue with the state of play at the moment, because while England haven't exactly been Brazil, they've been clinical when presented with their opportunities.’
- 1.1 The current situation in an ongoing process.‘I assume you know the state of play in the administrative assistants' dispute?’
- ‘So, if the take-up of broadband is so critical to our future economic prosperity, what is the current state of play?’
- ‘To assess the current state of play, my wife, Rosy, and I spent three months crossing Russia, from the mountains of the Caucasus to the volcanoes of Kamchatka.’
- ‘On the other side of the argument Ian Lowe also has faith in the current state of play because there is that hope that political pressure can actually sway the outcome away from purely economic considerations.’
- ‘And the various ideas that have been carefully leaked are certainly an improvement on the current state of play.’
- ‘Finally, on the current state of play for the Doha round, see this post from earlier this month, as well as Jeffrey Schott's excellent backgrounder for the Institute of International Economics.’
- ‘Mr Ahern said he was anxious to get a first-hand report from Mr Mandelson on the current state of play following his intense negotiations last week with WTO Ministers in Geneva.’
- ‘If you know the current state of play among JLo, Bennifer, Katie, Tom, Kirsten, Nicole, or Britney, you could be a saprophyte.’
- ‘So much for history, what about the current state of play?’
- ‘Southerly Buster provides a rundown on the current state of play in the Indonesian elections as Bambang increases his lead over Megawati.’
- ‘Putting aside the accurate truth that modern video games are all about community and online socialising, let's look at the current state of play.’
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