[ US /ˌəndɝˈpɫeɪ/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌndəplˈe‍ɪ/ ]
  1. act (a role) with great restraint
  2. play a card lower than (a held high card)
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How To Use underplay In A Sentence

  • Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to. Sylvia Plath 
  • Either you'll be enthralled by his underplayed persona or drift aimlessly and inattentively away from his soporific compositions.
  • ‘We shouldn't underplay the role celebrities play in the development of young people,’ he said.
  • The Mandy of the title truly is the star of the film, as almost all of the adults underplay their scenes with her to help her shine brighter. Mandy (1952) | Happy Share
  • Despite its subject, Menzel adopts an apparently incongruous lyricism and humanity, and a delicate and underplayed comedy.
  • The more she underplays her singing, the better the results.
  • Given the suggestibility of footie folk it is impossible to underplay the significance of this apparently off-hand remark. Football and spectacles: Players make passes for men who wear glasses | Harry Pearson
  • There had been some flaccid rubatos in the preceding Allegro Assai and there were some underplayed syncopations in the Minuet and Trio but the cheer it received was well earned.
  • He underplays the role at times, but really gives the movie a boost when he is on screen.
  • Even if the latest Catholic reforms underplay the offertory ritual, it is not of itself without meaning or challenge.
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