Meaning of “play possum” in the English Dictionary

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"play possum" in British English

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play possum

to pretend to be dead or sleeping so that someone will not annoy or attack you:

I don't think he's really asleep. He's playing possum.

play possum

informal to pretend to be dead to avoid being attacked, or to be asleep so that no one talks to you

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

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