Play the Field

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To have many lovers and dates without making a single genuine commitment with one particular person

Etymology:

  • It is a 19th century phrase. In those days, those gamblers in a horse race who badly wanted to win the race used to bet on every horse but not on the favorite one. This thing took the shape of the expression, to “play the field”. Later the expression caught and was extended to be used in other fields and areas of life, particularly to date someone.
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You should not establish any relation with Sam and expect any commitment from him as he likes to play the field.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Play the Field':

play the fieldTo date more than one person at the same time.
play the fieldDate a number of eligible females.
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