play the field

phrasal
: to have dates or romantic connections with more than one member of the opposite sex : avoid an exclusive or permanent attachment

preferred playing the field to going steady — Geraldine Roberts

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play the field see under ↑play
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Main Entry:field
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play the field (informal)
To spread one's interests, affections or efforts over a wide range of subjects, people, activities, etc, rather than concentrating on any single one
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Main Entry:play

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play the field informal phrase
to have several sexual relationships before you choose a permanent partner
Thesaurus: general words relating to dating and sexual partnershyponym man someone is having a relationship withsynonym
Main entry: play

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I
informal indulge in a series of sexual relationships without committing oneself to anyone
II
see field

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play the field — see play, 1
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Main Entry:field
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play the field
: to have romantic or sexual relationships with more than one person at a time : to date more than one person

He wanted to play the field a bit before he got married and settled down.

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Main Entry:play

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play the ˈfield idiom
(informal) to have sexual relationships with a lot of different people
Main entry:fieldidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • play the field — {v. phr.}, {informal} To date many different people; not always have dates with the same person. * /Al had a steady girlfriend, but John was playing the field./ * /Jim was crazy about Mary, but she was still playing the field./ Contrast: GO… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play the field — {v. phr.}, {informal} To date many different people; not always have dates with the same person. * /Al had a steady girlfriend, but John was playing the field./ * /Jim was crazy about Mary, but she was still playing the field./ Contrast: GO… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play the field — Someone who plays the field dates or has sexual relationships with many people …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • play the field — ► play the field informal indulge in a series of casual sexual relationships. Main Entry: ↑field …   English terms dictionary

  • play the field — date many different people, avoid steady dates with the same person After my sister stopped seeing her boyfriend she decided to play the field until she met someone nice …   Idioms and examples

  • play the field — date many people, go out with various men/women    After a long relationship with Sue, he began to play the field …   English idioms

  • play the field — to have many romantic or sexual relationships. After leaving that guy she lived with for five years she s now ready to play the field …   New idioms dictionary

  • play\ the\ field — v. phr. informal To date many different people; not always have dates with the same person. Al had a steady girlfriend, but John was playing the field. Jim was crazy about Mary, but she was still playing the field. Contrast: go steady …   Словарь американских идиом

  • play the field — verb To date more than one person at the same time. He says Im the only one, but my friends say hes playing the field …   Wiktionary

  • play the field —    to be sexually promiscuous    Of either sex, from betting on several runners in the same race:     You ve had enough of playing the field so now you re looking for a young, beautiful and preferably well born virgin. (P. D.James, 1994) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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