a play on words

a clever or funny use of a word that has two different meanings

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • play upon words — play on words or play upon words noun A pun or other manipulation of words depending on their sound • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play on words or play upon words, = pun. (Cf. ↑pun) …   Useful english dictionary

  • play with words/language — to use words that sound similar or that have several different meanings especially in a clever or funny way a writer who enjoys playing with words • • • Main Entry: ↑play …   Useful english dictionary

  • play with words — see ↑play, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑word …   Useful english dictionary

  • play upon words — index distort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play on words — play′ on words′ n. a pun or the act of punning …   From formal English to slang

  • play on words — n. a pun or punning …   English World dictionary

  • Play On Words (game) — Infobox Game title = Play on Words image link = image caption = Game and Packaging designer = illustrator = publisher = Winning Moves players = 1 to 4 ages = 8 and up setup time = 2 minutes playing time = 2 15 minutes, depending on number of… …   Wikipedia

  • play on words — a pun or the act of punning. * * * play on words or play upon words noun A pun or other manipulation of words depending on their sound • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play on words or play upon words, = pun. (Cf. ↑pun) …   Useful english dictionary

  • play on words — plays on words N COUNT: usu a N in sing A play on words is the same as a pun …   English dictionary

  • play on words — See a play on words …   English idioms

  • play on words — a humorous use of a word to suggest a different meaning There are many cases of using a play on words in the newspaper headlines …   Idioms and examples

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