One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deal with someone or something in a way that lacks due seriousness or respect.‘Don't play games with me!’
- ‘None of us on this side of the House plays games when we are presented with serious propositions to defend the national interest.’
- ‘I got the feeling that some of them were playing games with us.’
- ‘It is also clear that she did play games - a good deal of trickery was employed.’
- ‘Basically, he said, he was playing games, and fooling himself more than anyone else.’
- ‘After another thwarted attempt at discourse, she finally snaps that he can't keep playing games with her.’
- ‘They are the ones who are in the business of playing games and showing off.’
- ‘It seems that they're still only playing games with you, but trust me there's more at stake than you know.’
- ‘When the legislature laughs at him and starts playing games, he's not going to get it.’
- ‘He said the teen was not playing games with the court and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.’
- ‘You would think he'd have learned by this age that Olive is just playing games with his heart.’
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