play around (1) to waste time by being silly or stupid
Synonym: fool around, muck around (informal) play around Come on you guys! Stop playing around and get on with your work. play around Why are you playing around when you’ve got a really important exam in the morning?
1. When the teacher saw the kids playing
around in class, she a. asked if she could join in b. graded their efforts c. told them to stop
play back to play something that’s just been recorded, such as a video, a message, or some music
When we played back the song we’d just recorded, it sounded great. play sth back When Paul gets home he checks his answering machine and if there are any messages, he plays them back straight away.
Nouns often used as objects with play back: message, recording, song, clip, sequence, scene, track, video, music
2. Don’t forget to play the message back a. before you’ve recorded it b. after you’ve recorded it c. while you’re recording it
play down to try to make something seem less important or less damaging than it really is Synonym: minimise, downplay play down sth The government’s spokesman tried to play down the worsening economic data. play sth down When he told his parents he was being sent to fight in Yemen, he tried to play the dangers down by saying he was going to a peaceful area.
3. If somebody tries to play down something
that they’ve done, it’s probably because they feel a. proud of it b. ashamed of it c. good about it
play up (1) Informal If something is playing up, it isn’t working properly or it’s causing problems. Synonym: act up
This printer is playing up again! Whenever the weather is cold and damp, my back plays up and I have to take a painkiller.
4. If your computer is playing up, you should a. have it repaired b. throw it against a wall c. try harder to beat it
point out to tell someone something you think they should know
Synonym: indicate (formal) point out sth Cassie pointed out a few mistakes in the article that no one had noticed.
5. If you think it’s important to point something
out, please go ahead and a. say something b. make something Life c. take Life something is a mixture of sunshine and
pour in to arrive at or enter a place in great numbers and with great speed or force
Synonym: stream in pour in As soon as the doors opened, the waiting shoppers poured in and ran for the bargain section.
pour in Applications for the government’s new low-interest student loans have been pouring in.
6. After he advertised his car on the internet, offers to buy it poured in and
a. he soon sold it b. he’s still waiting for an offer c. he’s had to lower the price
pour out to leave a place in large numbers
Synonym: stream out pour out After I poked a stick in the ant’s nest, the ants started pouring out everywhere. pour out During the crisis, refugees poured out of Venezuela to escape the hyperinflation.
7. The game had just finished and the
fans were pouring out of a. their favourite players b. their team’s song c. the stadium