play hard to get

play hard to get
Play hard to get
If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • play hard to get — To make a show of unwillingness to co operate with a view to strengthening one s position • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play hard to get informal phrase to pretend not to be interested in someone who you think is sexually attractive in order to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play hard to get — {v. phr.} To act as if one weren t interested; be fickle; be coy. * / Professor Brown is playing very hard to get, our dean said, but I know he will accept our offer and come to teach here. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play hard to get — {v. phr.} To act as if one weren t interested; be fickle; be coy. * / Professor Brown is playing very hard to get, our dean said, but I know he will accept our offer and come to teach here. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play hard to get — ► play hard to get informal deliberately adopt an uninterested attitude. Main Entry: ↑hard …   English terms dictionary

  • play hard to get — pretend you do not care; you do not want him    When Tom invites you to go on a date, you could play hard to get …   English idioms

  • play\ hard\ to\ get — v. phr. To act as if one weren t interested; be fickle; be coy. Professor Brown is playing very hard to get, our dean said, but I know he will accept our offer and come to teach here …   Словарь американских идиом

  • play hard to get — informal to pretend that you are less interested in someone than you really are as a way of making them more interested in you, especially at the start of a romantic relationship. Why don t you return any of his calls? Are you playing hard to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • play hard to get — informal deliberately adopt an aloof or uninterested attitude. → hard …   English new terms dictionary

  • play hard to get — verb To be coy; to feign lack of romantical interest in a certain person, so as to force that person to be more overt in expressing interest …   Wiktionary

  • play hard to get — informal to pretend not to be interested in someone who you think is sexually attractive in order to make them more interested in you …   English dictionary

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