Synonyms of play up in English:

play up

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See Spanish definition of exagerar


1‘there were some boys that really did play up’

misbehave, be misbehaved, behave badly, be bad, be naughty, be mischievous, get up to mischief, be disobedient, be awkward, cause trouble, give trouble, make trouble
British informal be stroppy, be bolshie

2‘the boiler's playing up again’

not work properly, be defective, be faulty, malfunction, act up, give trouble
informal be on the blink, go on the blink

3‘his injured leg was playing up’

be painful, hurt, ache, be sore, cause pain, cause discomfort, cause trouble, annoy
informal kill someone, give someone gyp