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 for To play hob
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Play \Play\, v. t.
     1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a
        fortification; to play a trump.
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              First Peace and Silence all disputes control,
              Then Order plays the soul.            --Herbert.
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     2. To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
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     3. To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to
        play a waltz on the violin.
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     4. To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in
        action; to execute; as, to play tricks.
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              Nature here
              Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will
              Her virgin fancies.                   --Milton.
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     5. To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action;
        as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to
        represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to
        play King Lear; to play the woman.
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              Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt. --Sir W.
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     6. To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for
        amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at
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     7. To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
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     To play hob, to play the part of a mischievous spirit; to
        work mischief.
     To play off, to display; to show; to put in exercise; as,
        to play off tricks.
     To play one's cards, to manage one's means or
        opportunities; to contrive.
     Played out, tired out; exhausted; at the end of one's
        resources. [Colloq.]
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