Unfolding sounds great. Also, it's happening. :DOriginally Posted by CuriousTHi,
I have a question about the phrase "to play out". What does it mean in the following context?
"It has become commonplace to observe the sharp polarization of the electorate in the 2004 campaign. But that is playing out even in public reaction to the scandal over the American abuse of some detainees in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison."
From the context, it seems to mean something like "to unfold" or "to develop". I checked more than 10 dictionaries (for native speakers as well as for ESL learners), but none of them gives a definition that fits in this context. Is this a relatively new usage?
Thank you in advance for your help.