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    play up to (?)

    When one of the people involved in a conversation makes a joke and expects the interlocutor to laugh and the latter seeing the expectation politely laughs, we in Russian would say that he who laughed "подыграл" the other person. I looked "подыграть" up in a dictionary and it suggested "play up to". Does it fit the context?

    He played up to him and politely laughed at the joke.

    Or when a person tries to impress another with something and clearly expects the interlocutor to be impressed, and the latter acts as if he were impressed even not being impressed at all in reality... Would "play up to" convey the idea? Or are there any other expressions that would do the job?

    In fact, "play up to" looks suitable to me because there is some reminiscence of a theatre play or something like that, but I'm not sure. What do you say?
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    #2

    Re: play up to (?)

    Yes, play up to might work. Especially if you can't think of anything better.

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    Re: play up to (?)

    He humoured him and politely laughed at the joke.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Apr-2019 at 22:02. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: play up to (?)

    "Play up to" is not very appropriate when describing a single incident like this joke. Playing up to someone involves a whole pattern of behaviour over time. Piscean's version is much better.

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    #5

    Re: play up to (?)

    Yes. He humored him works.
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    Re: play up to (?)

    Or when a person tries to impress another with something and clearly expects the interlocutor to be impressed, and the latter acts as if he were impressed even not being impressed at all in reality
    I looked "humour" up, and it seems that "He humoured him" should work in this situation as well. Is it so?
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: play up to (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I looked "humour" up, and it seems that "He humoured him" should work in this situation as well. Is it so?
    That was suggested in both posts #3 and #5.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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