Definition of play along in US English:

play along

phrasal verb

  • Pretend to cooperate.

    ‘she had to play along and be polite’
    • ‘Apparently the Germans played along in order to win time to reinforce their forces in Italy.’
    • ‘He now claims that he knew all the time that it was a sting and was just playing along, giving the reporters what they wanted in order to extract more information about their motives and identities.’
    • ‘Nicky, of course, was perfectly happy to play along with this.’
    • ‘I'm dying to scream the truth out to everyone from the roof tops, yet I know I'll play along with this ridiculous charade.’
    • ‘I have no desire to play along with Kelly's little machinations.’
    • ‘At first she started to play along with him to calm him down, suggesting things.’
    • ‘When Sascha first told me he was a neuropsychologist, I thought he was joking, so I decided to play along with it and told him I was a nurse.’
    • ‘I didn't want to play along with her stupid mind games anymore.’
    • ‘He took that opportunity to give Daphne a little wink to let her know that he would play along with whatever she decided to do.’
    • ‘I figured I could play along with the ‘just friends’ bit, then ply him with alcohol and take advantage of him.’
    cooperate, collaborate, play along, play the game, go along with the plan, show willing, be willing, help, lend a hand, assist, be of assistance, contribute, reciprocate, respond
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