Definitions
play possum Tweet Definition of play possum Like Definition of play possum on Facebook
verb (inf=to play possum, plays possum, playing possum, played possum)
  1. (idiom) to feign death; to remain quiet and still to escape attention or remain undetected; to lay low.
Thinking fast, we played possum hoping the bear wouldn't bother us.
The soldier played possum, fooling the sniper.
To keep the focus away from his client, the lawyer basically played possum during the entire complex trial, and his tactic paid off with an acquittal.
  1. (idiom) to feign sleep, illness, etc.
When we used to get home late at night, I would so my daddy would carry me inside and put me in bed.
  1. (idiom, dated) to dissemble or to feign ignorance; to disguise or conceal something in order to deceive.
Translations: 
    Etymology: English (term, play) + (term, possum) (from (term, opossum)), for the animal"s tendency to pretend to be dead when threatened. First documented 1822.


    Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for play possum for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

         
      

     Find:
      Words Starting With:
      Words Ending With:
      Words Containing:
      Words That Match:

     
     Translate Into:
      
    Dutch   French   German
      
    Italian   Spanish
        Show results per page.

    Browse the Dictionary
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

       
    Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
    Allwords Copyright 1998-2021 All rights reserved.