1.
to play the start
(For playing musical pieces and theater. It's about playing just the beginning, maybe for a sound check.)
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2.
to play to someone
(Acting jargon when you focus your energy as an actor on the other person in the scene.)
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3.
to pass to
(Playing a pass to someone (in sports).)
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to allude to, to hint at
("anspielen auf+Acc" - quite commonly used in daily life. ONLY for people alluding to something, not for some facts alluding to something.)
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Word Family

Root: *spilon

This is a West-Germanic root that doesn’t have secure connections in other languages and also no offspring in modern English.

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