Definition of play kissy-face in US English:

play kissy-face

phrase

North American
informal
  • 1Engage in kissing or petting, especially in public.

    • ‘Kevin played kissy-face with Robert's brother, who is not only gay but a Methodist minister.’
    • ‘I then look closer and see that she is jealous of her friend playing kissy-face with some guy.’
    • ‘You do not want to ever be embarrassed to be his ex - and the fact that you once played kissy-face.’
    • ‘Anyway, this character proceeded to want to play kissy-face, and all he was interested in was getting in my pants, nothing else.’
    • ‘She wants to play kissy-face and yanks him off his horse.’
    1. 1.1 Behave in an excessively friendly way in order to gain favor.
      ‘he is too busy being a media giant to be playing kissy-face’
      • ‘A laureate of understatement, he boils down his sense of middle-class oppression to an obligation to play kissy-face with the powers that be.’
      • ‘McConnell has lashed out at a group he would normally be playing kissy-face with: Corporate executives.’
      • ‘The days when TV news played kissy-face with the Eastern cultural elite are finis.’
      • ‘We have seen the media play kissy-face time and again - even to Republicans.’
      • ‘We always have to play kissy-face with the powers that be.’