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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    He made a play for his buddy’s girl.

    make a play for = canoodle, flirt

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    He made a play for his buddy’s girl.

    make a play for = canoodle, flirt

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I would say that it means he made advances towards her (in a flirty, romantic way).

    Canoodling and flirting are different things.

    If you flirt, you behave in a way that makes someone else know that you are interested in them.

    Canoodling is actually hugging, kissing, "making out" (in AmE).

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    Default Re: make a play for

    Agreeing with emsr2s2 - "canoodling" is a step further than "flirting." Canoodling means actual romantic physical interaction between two people. Flirting is something more subtle, such as knowing glances and suggestive remarks.

    "Make a play for" falls in the "flirting" category. It means that a person is trying to win the affection of or seduce another person, but no serious physical romance has taken place.

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