play on words

a pun or the act of punning.

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play on words or play upon words noun
A pun or other manipulation of words depending on their sound
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Main Entry:play

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play on words or play upon words,
= pun. (Cf.pun)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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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 — 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 — 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

  • play on words — Synonyms and related words: abuse of terms, acrostic, amphibologism, amphiboly, anagram, be merry with, calembour, corruption, crack a joke, crack wise, equivocality, equivoque, fleer at, fun, gibe at, jape, jest, jeu de mots, joke, josh, kid,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • play on words — using words in an amusing or tricky manner, make a pun …   English contemporary dictionary

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