Synonyms of play up
▷ See play
1 hurtDictionary • My bad back is playing up again.
hurt • His collar bone only hurt when he lifted his arm.
give you trouble
give you gyp (British, New Zealand, slang)
2 malfunctionDictionary • The engine has started playing up.
malfunction • Radiation can cause microprocessors to malfunction.
not work properly
be on the blink (slang)
be wonky (British, slang)
3 be awkward • The kids always play up in his class.
give someone grief (British, South Africa)
be stroppy (British, slang)
be bolshie (British, informal)
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
hurtIf a part of your body hurts, you feel pain there.
• His collar bone only hurt when he lifted his arm.
malfunctionIf a machine or part of the body malfunctions, it fails to work properly.
• Radiation can cause microprocessors to malfunction.
Thesaurus for play up from the Collins English Thesaurus
to emphasize or highlight