*play up*

play up

Definition: (informal) If  part of your body is playing up, or plays you up, it is painful. This is used with chronic or long-term illnesses or injuries.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)

E.g.1: I can’t come to work today – my back is playing me up again.
E.g.2: When he was younger he injured his knee playing football. Now, during cold weather, it sometimes plays up and then he can’t walk.

This phrasal verb can be separated by a pronoun (E.g. 1)

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