play on words

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - play on words

"play on words"

a humorous use of words with more than one meaning or that sound like other words


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - play on words

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard Apple is designing a new automatic car.

Friend 2:  Oh, ya?

Friend 1:  But they're having trouble installing windows.

Friend 2:  I don't understand.

Friend 1:  It's a play on words. Microsoft's operating system "Windows" won't install on Apple computers.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - play on words

Play on words ...

What did the sea say to the sand?

Nothing, it simply waved.

Idiom Definition - play on words

Play on words ...

Apparently taking a day off is not something you should do when you work for a calendar company.

play on words - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   525   click for frequency by country

play on words - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for play on words.

play on words - Examples:

1)  ... and it's a clever play on words that something incredible is on its way.

2)  A quick swap of letters and a clever play on words for the title of the Facebook page has captured the imagination of fed up residents ...

3)  ... it takes is for one person to come up with a somewhat clever play on words. From there, it's like an avalanche, as newsrooms everywhere adopt the ...

4)  It's a play on words that delights broadcasters, intellectuals and artists for whom religious faith is essentially a curiosity.

5)  Planet of the Apps (which is quite a play on words) is an attempt at expanding its exclusive content and getting more people to its ...

6)  ... if you've been there, you might have figured out the clever play on words. If not, here's a hint.

7)  The submission of the learned Attorney General is nothing but a play on words and we reject it and hold that an internal disturbance is not equivalent to or ...

8)  ... dealing with a public interest petition, rejected as "a play on words" the Centre's claim that a " warlike situation " prevailed in Manipur.

9)  There is a deliberate play on words.

10)  We thought the play on words was a fun way to get students engaged.

11)  ... they call it 'withdrawing equity'. It's a nice play on words. And unfortunately, many folks fall for it.

12)  It's actually a play on words, meaning both a religious rite or truth and also, in middle English,v ...

13)  It was impossible to replicate the play on words in English while retaining the meaning I had taken from it, ...

14)  In reality it is a play on words as no structural engineering company will ever say "a roof will not collapse".

15)  ... a play on words with the phrase "anchor baby", which backers of tougher immigration laws use.

16)  I can not help but see a clever play on words in his statement. He claims the party is not centered on an individual, ...

17)  No joke. It was a play on words and part of a promotion with game and toy maker ...

18)  ... alphabet, or spell out a handy acronym, or are a clever play on words.

19)  Landscape Ontario's "Choose Your Path" garden: A play on words that reflects the many career opportunities in the industry, ...

20)  The album's title, a play on words, makes a nod to Einstein's Theory of Relativity.