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    be called into play?

    ( A couple died in a plane crash and left nothing but only two frozen embryos.)
    "What they had left behind were two frozen embryos, and their right to life -- even possible inheritance rights -- were called into paly."

    I've found the definition of this phrase, but still can't get my head around it in the very context.


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    Re: be called into play?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    ( A couple died in a plane crash and left nothing but only two frozen embryos.)
    "What they had left behind were two frozen embryos, and their right to life -- even possible inheritance rights -- were called into paly."

    I've found the definition of this phrase, but still can't get my head around it in the very context.
    This sentence isn't very aptly expressed, and it falls apart under analysis. No wonder it's causing trouble. I think it is carelessly written. It's meaning is clear enough, however.

    No matter what the sentence SAYS, what it MEANS is their RIGHTS have been called into play --
    or more accurately, the sentence means that a DEBATE about these rights is now subject to being verbally kicked around like a football.

    That is, a debate about these rights has been set in motion and is now subject to action (or at least discussion), like a football put into play on the gridiron.

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    Re: be called into play?

    What 1997 said. The debate ("play") is about the frozen embryos and what should be done with them.



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