Does it mean "step/strategy"? I used this link: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/play_2

"GIC Pte, the Swiss bank's largest shareholder, said on Tuesday that it was paring its 5.1 percent stake to 2.7 percent. When GIC announced in December 2007 that it would buy UBS convertible bonds for 11 billion Swiss francs -- roughly $10 billion at the time -- the bank had just written down U.S. subprime investments by an equal amount. GIC thought UBS was ahead of the curve in recognizing subprime losses, and a long-term interest would be a good play on the "high growth potential" for wealth management in Asia."

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-05-16/hna-can-avoid-singapore-s-ubs-sour-grapes

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    Yes, it means strategy there.
    – Robusto
    May 16, 2017 at 10:49

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Yes, you are correct and it does mean "strategy", similar to #4 in the Oxford dictionary you link:

4. (North American English) an action or move in a game

In particular the sport of American Football is broken up into plays, run one at a time. Each of these is strategically chosen and potentially countered with a play by the opposing team. So when discussing football it's common to hear expressions like:

What play should they run here?

Oh, that was a smart play!

That coach needs to find something else to run in his playbook or he's going to lose.

In the same way you can reference any strategic move as a "play", as if it was part of a larger game that you intend to win.


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