One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exploit the specified issue or idea mentioned, especially for political advantage.‘he resisted the temptation to play the race card’‘playing the gender card is beneath you’‘I knew that I was in trouble when my boss played the experience card’
- ‘He'll probably play the human-rights card, but he should be careful.’
- ‘In the face of growing concern about sluggish job growth and outsourcing to Asia, tech executives have settled on a far more potent strategy: They're playing the jobs card.’
- ‘He angrily denied that he was playing the race card.’
- ‘Many politicians have played the religious-national identity card to gain popular support.’
- ‘‘They need to play the psyops card to combat the obvious military superiority that we've demonstrated to date,’ said a retired US army major who specialised in psychological operations.’
- ‘In the local debate that's ensued, Henraux plays the jobs card, threatening to lay off 20 workers if it can't level the mountaintop.’
- ‘It is not yet time to play the sanctions card.’
- ‘And this is why those who have most benefited from playing the human rights card are those who already are assertive, intelligent, articulate and organised.’
- ‘When she tried to play the victim card the response across America was ‘Oh, come on.’’
- ‘These groups play the race card under the guise of concerns about immigration.’
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