play up Old Gooseberry (third-person singular simple present plays up Old Gooseberry, present participle playing up Old Gooseberry, simple past and past participle played up Old Gooseberry)
- Alternative form of play Old Gooseberry
1819 March 1, Moore, Thomas, Tom Crib's Memorial to Congress, page 22:
Sandy's the boy, if once to it they fall, / That will play up old gooseberry soon with them all.
- [Francis Grose] (1788), “Play up Old Gooseberry”, in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 2nd corrected and enlarged edition, London: Printed for S. Hooper, […], OCLC 3138643.
- Farmer, John Stephen (1893) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 3, page 183
- Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang. Routledge, 1973. →ISBN.