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play in (third-person singular simple present plays in, present participle playing in, simple past and past participle played in)

  1. (cricket, reflexive, play oneself in) Of a batsman, to settle and become comfortable with the conditions at the beginning of his innings.
  2. (soccer, transitive) To pass (someone) the ball into an attacking position.
    • 2011 January 18, “Wolverhampton 5 - 0 Doncaster”, in BBC[1]:
      Zubar played in Doyle down the Wolves left and his ball into the box evaded several players before falling for Mujangi Bia to finally drive in a second past Neil Sullivan.