Synonyms of 'play up'
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1 hurtDictionary, be painful, bother you
My bad back is playing up again.
His collar bone only hurt when he lifted his arm.
give you trouble
give you gyp (British , New Zealand , slang)
2 malfunctionDictionary, not work properly, be on the blink (slang)
The engine has started playing up.
Radiation can cause microprocessors to malfunction.
not work properly
be on the blink (slang)
be wonky (British , slang)
give someone grief (British , South Africa)
be stroppy (British , slang)
be bolshie (British , informal)
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Thesaurus for play up from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important .