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This week we look at the phrase to play down. This phrasal verb combining the verb ‘play‘ and the preposition ‘down‘ is combined when you want to say something is not as important as it appears. Usually, the object follows the phrasal verb, as in – Cesc Fabregas played down rumours that he will leave Arsenal for Barcelona. Or, Fernando Torres has played down reports that he is not going to sign a new contract for Liverpool. The two players want people to believe gossip and stories about them are not accurate. As we can see, to play down in football is often combined with the words reports and rumours.
To play down.