Definition of make a play for in US English:

make a play for


  • Attempt to attract or attain.

    • ‘You'll never believe who Trina Matheson made a play for!’
    • ‘Waterford Wedgwood has said it has no intention yet of making a play for the company itself but many analysts believe it would use its sizeable stake to block anyone else getting their hands on it.’
    • ‘Jim Moran of Virginia is making a play for the leadership.’
    • ‘He was talking to other friends when he noticed another man making a play for his girlfriend.’
    • ‘The buying spree lasted from October 2004 to January 2005 and Mr Lynch's activity convinced analysts he was attempting to make a play for the group.’
    • ‘Speaking only for myself, I can't imagine making a play for a straight guy.’
    • ‘But he withdrew from consideration, making a play for a position of vice president instead.’
    • ‘The poor chap's probably aching for a spot of home cooking and, if you ask him for a meal with one or two others, he needn't feel you're making a play for him.’
    • ‘Kerry Gill, the editor of the Scottish edition of the Daily Express, last night lashed out at a rival paper for making a play for his readers.’
    • ‘‘Developers are making a play for downtown residential space, taking advantage of of tax incentives and loans from the city of Jacksonville,’ the report says.’
    make sexual advances to, make advances to, make sexual overtures to, proposition, make a sexual approach to
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