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inf=to play possum, plays possum, playing possum, played possum
) to feign death; to remain quiet and still to escape attention or remain undetected; to lay low.
Thinking fast, we
hoping the bear wouldn't bother us.
, fooling the sniper.
To keep the focus away from his client, the lawyer basically
during the entire complex trial, and his tactic paid off with an acquittal.
) 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.
) to dissemble or to feign ignorance; to disguise or conceal something in order to deceive.
, Asa Greene, A Yankee Among the Nullifiers: An Auto-biography
:Though, as it afterwards turned out, the Yankee had money enough about him, and was merely
playing the "possum
all the while.
, w:Edgar_Allen_Poe, Edgar Allen Poe, s:The_Business_Man, The Business Man
:Never imposing upon any one myself, I suffered no one to
play the possum
, w:James_Russell_Lowell, James Russell Lowell, in a letter to w:Oliver_Wendell_Holmes,_Sr., O.W. Holmes, collected in The Complete Writings of...
:You have been holding-in all this while " possumus omnes
, we all
play the "possum
, Alexander Lovett Stimson, History of the Express Business'',
:As none came with the coach from Deadwood, I suppose the amount of funds was insignificant. You can't tell, though, for the stage company is liable to sometimes.
) + (
) (from (
)), for the animal"s tendency to pretend to be dead when threatened. First documented 1822.
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