play possum

play possum
play possum  {v. phr.},  {informal}
1. Претворяться спящим.
Johnny seemed to be fully asleep, but his mother knew that he was playing possum.
2. Быть тихим, неподвижным в целях самозащиты; пытаться избежать внимания при помощи пассивности.
The rabbit played possum under the bushes, hoping the hunter would not see him.
Bob played possum when the teacher looked around.
Категории: {informal} {v. phr.}

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