Meaning of “play-acting” in the English Dictionary

"play-acting" in British English

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play-actingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpleɪ.æk.tɪŋ/ us /ˈpleɪ.æk.t̬ɪŋ/

an attempt to hide your feelings from other people, or to entertain them, by deliberately behaving in a way that does not represent your true feelings:

Don't take any notice of him - it's just play-acting.
verb [ I ] uk /ˈpleɪ.ækt/ us /ˈpleɪ.ækt/

(Definition of “play-acting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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