Heard on The Judges: "in play" = "in place"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 3 17:40:58 UTC 2008

Thirty-ish, black, female speaker:

"Because the carpets were not yet in play, we wanted to delay moving in."

Looks like "in place" > "in plays" > "in play," "in play" being quite
common in, e.g. sports contexts.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

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