To attack an opponent instead of attacking the ball, which is usually being controlled by the attacked player at the time.

Submitted on January 20, 2019

Additional definitions for 'play the man and not the ball':

play the man and not the ballTo object to someone's argument by attacking them or a facet of their personality instead of the argument itself; to make an ad hominem attack.
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العب الرجل وليس الكرة

jugar al hombre y no a la pelota

jouer l'homme et non le ballon

आदमी खेलते हैं और गेंद नहीं

gioca l'uomo e non la palla

공이 아니라 남자를한다

играть человеком, а не мячом

మనిషిని ఆడుకోండి బంతి కాదు

آدمی کو کھیلنا اور گیند نہیں


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