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English definition of “play-acting”

play-acting

noun [U] uk   /ˈpleɪ.æk.tɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɪŋ/
an attempt to hide your feelings from other people, or to entertain people, 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.
play-act
verb [I] uk   /ˈpleɪ.ækt/ us  
(Definition of play-acting from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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