Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) make something seem more important than it really is
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    • overplay a role/incident/accident
  • Analysis

    To overplay something means to exaggerate the importance of something in order to make it seem more important or more valuable than it actually is. This expression is the opposite of 'to downplay' something. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Vicky was really overplaying her accident, telling everyone that it was a life or death situation when in fact she only broke her ankle.
    2. The importance of a traditional family unit is often overplayed in society.
    3. In some cultures, education is overplayed as being the most important aspect of a young persons development.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Gary shamelessly overplayed his role in the success of the project. In reality, he contributed very little.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The prototype breaking down during testing was undoubtedly a setback, but let's not overplay the incident and assume that the device is not going to work.
    2. We have to investigate all claims as often accidents are overplayed and sometimes even fraudulent.
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