play something up


play something up
EMPHASIZE, accentuate, call attention to, point up, underline, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, stress, accent.
play

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emphasize the extent or importance of something

the mystery surrounding his death was played up by the media

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ˌplay sthˈup derived
to try to make sth seem more important than it is
Syn: overplay, Opp: play down
Main entry:playderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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