AskDefine | Define underplay

Dictionary Definition



1 act (a role) with great restraint [syn: underact] [ant: overact]
2 play a card lower than (a held high card)

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The act of underplaying.


  1. To play in a subordinate, or in an inferior manner; to underact a part.
  2. To play a low card when holding a high one, in the hope of a future advantage.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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