playing out solidarity


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On Tuesday, Poland summoned Ukraine's ambassador over comments made by President Volodymyr Zelensky at the United Nations after Poland, Hungary and Slovakia extended a ban on Ukrainian grain.
Mr Zelensky said it was alarming how some of Ukraine's friends in Europe were playing out solidarity "in a political theatre - making a thriller from grain". Warsaw denounced his words as "unjustified concerning Poland, which has supported Ukraine since the first days of the war".

Can you help for ''play out''?
  • The phrasal verb “play out” can be used in various ways, with or without an object. But here it’s one of a series of theatrical references — playing out, political theatre, thriller — that combine to make a rather messy metaphor.