play-play, adjective

AfrikaansShow more Reduplication based on play to amuse oneself; dissimulate, pretend; probably influenced by Afrikaans speel-speel (literally ‘play-play’) ‘with ease’ or ‘while playing’.
Simulated, fake, toy, make-believe.
See note at now-now.
1941 Star 1 Feb.Our gallant boys who have been bearing the real heat and burden of the day up north will return to find many of the play-play soldiers and base wallahs wearing what should be a badge of honour.
1982 Fair Lady 21 Apr. 47She gives a play-play leer: ‘What would you like me to open up and bare to you?!’
1987 Sunday Times 17 May (Mag. Sect.) 60When I was in the film industry I was involved with play-play creation. Rocks were made from papier mâché, buildings, even whole villages, were constructed from wood, canvas and polystyrene.
1989 Edgars Christmas Catal. Dec.They’re at the age when they want more than just a play-play watch.
Simulated, fake, toy, make-believe.
Hence play-play transitive verb, to make believe, pretend; play-play noun, pretence.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 257I could play-play I was a beach boy, complete with surfboard and dark shades. Most of them are much more tanned than me.
1993 I. Vladislavić Folly 115I really don’t get this. Are you imagining things? Is it a case of play-play? Are you hallucinating?

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