play-acting Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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play-actingnoun [U]

uk   /ˈpleɪ.æk.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/
an ​attempt to ​hideyourfeelings from other ​people, or to ​entertain them, by ​deliberatelybehaving in a way that does not ​representyourtruefeelings: Don't take any ​notice of him - it's just play-acting.
play-act
verb [I] uk   us   /ˈpleɪ.ækt/
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