Play the field

Man: So, uh, another one night stand then, huh?
Woman: Is that okay?
Man: Not really my thing.
Woman: Come on. You must play the field.
Man: No, I don’t.
Woman: But you are such a flirt.
Man: I flirt, yes. But I only sleep with someone if I’m into them. And I prefer to stick around.

I looked up the phrase “play the field” in a dictionary, it means to have sexual relationships with a lot of different people. I just wonder if it comes from, like the baseball term?

Thank you!!!

it’s a horse-racing term from Britain which means to bet on all the horses in a race except the favourite- or avoiding all horses with short odds. A very dubious strategy!

which in turn is used as a sort of double entendre in the title of a BBC series about the lives, loves and infidelities of a women’s football team: Playing the Field

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