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ИГРАТЬ НА ПУБЛИКУ
ИГРАТЬ <РАБОТАТЬ coll> НА ПУБЛИКУ{{}}
[VP; subj: human]
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to behave consciously in an unnatural or not entirely appropriate manner in order to make a certain impression on those observing:
- X играл на публику{{}} X played to his (an) audience;
- X kept (had) one eye on the gallery;
- X put on a show (for s.o.).



Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь  2018

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