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    #1

    the free play

    the free play of competition in the building industry

    In the above phrase, what does the free play mean?
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    #2

    Re: the free play

    Please give the context.

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    Re: the free play

    The phrase is quoted from a dictionary. There is no context given in the dictionary.

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/play_2
    [uncountable] the effect or influence of something: the free play of competition in the building industry
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    #4

    Re: the free play

    In that link it means "the effect or influence of something". So, what do you think that refers to in your phrase?

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    Re: the free play

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In that link it means "the effect or influence of something". So, what do you think that refers to in your phrase?
    What does FREE effect or influence of something mean?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: the free play

    The "free" here would be a reference to the free market. The competition among the builders is in an open market. That is what I would understand.

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