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    This is adaptation at play

    As one famous study on lottery winners showed: winners reported that, after their initial euphoria, their happiness levels eventually evened out to their pre-jackpot days. This is adaptation at play.

    Source: Book Summary: The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely.

    What is the meaning of "at play" in "adaptation at play" here? Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: This is adaptation at play

    "in progress"; "working"
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: This is adaptation at play

    I was really surprised that I could only find a reference to this sense of "at play" in the Longman Dictionary.

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/play_2

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    #4

    Re: This is adaptation at play

    Longman is not regarded as being one of the best dictionaries.

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    #5

    Re: This is adaptation at play

    Perhaps. But at least it's got that entry for "at play" in it! I reiterate that I find it odd the other mainstream dictionaries don't.

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    #6

    Re: This is adaptation at play

    Fair enough. I misread your post #3.

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