1. phrasal verb
If you toy with an idea, you consider it casually without making any decisions about it.
[V P n] ⇒ He toyed with the idea of going to China.
[V P n] ⇒ For a time he had toyed with the notion of becoming a doctor.
3. phrasal verb
→ toy If you toy with food or drink, you do not eat or drink it with any enthusiasm, but only take a bite or a little drink from time to time.
[V P n] ⇒ She had no appetite, and merely toyed with the bread and cheese.
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