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  • v. To play (a game etc.) to its conclusion.
  • v. To play music to accompany the end of, or as a final segment in (a programme, broadcast etc.).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform or be performed to the end
  • v. deplete
  • v. play to a finish
  • v. become spent or exhausted


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  • Coleman said at 9:00 A.M. he was “not sure how it will play out tonight,” and Lugar said, “I just hope the Democratic cooperation is there with Dr. Frist, as he says it is, and we get cloture.”

    Surrender is not an Option

  • That he should be forced to risk his life embittered him, but if he was ever to discover Zarozmia's whereabouts he had to play out his ordered part and pray that he lived.


  • Hyun-Soo, Ho-Suk, me—I saw it all play out in my head.

    Zero Regrets

  • The president appreciated that his defense secretary didnt play out his battles in the media unlike, say, Powell and that he never uttered a word of disloyalty toward him.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • If the young men of the present generation were called on to endure the same experience - which God forbid - they would note disgrace their ancestors, but the topers, the cigarette smokers and the gamblers would play out of the game, just as they fall by the wayside in their battles of banking, rail-roading, merchandising, law, farming, and medicine, and just as they did in 61-65.

    Two boys in the Civil War and after,

  • Fra Diavolo had been just another acting job to him, not even a chance to play out a wonderful game of make-believe, the way Vixen was for her.

    The Warslayer

  • "The herdboys up country, who cannot leave their flocks to see the sight, will play out for one another on the hillsides, with songs and miming, the death day of the King."

    The King Must Die

  • Suppose he, Charles Edward Stuart, did play out this charade of the Five Feats.

    Hokas Pokas

  • Mr. Langbaine says, that he could recover no other memoirs of this gentleman, but that he lived in the reign of King Charles the First, and obliged the World with a translation of a play out of Latin called, Sophompaneas, or the History of Joseph, with Annotations, a Tragedy, printed 4to.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • To Gunny Van Dyke, the soft-spoken hotel worker, whose calm wisdom helped the klee of Eelong to thrive, and who made an impossible, brave choice by letting a tragic moment in history play out the way it was supposed to, in order to save First Earth.

    Raven Rise


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