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play possum

Definition of play possum

informal

  1. 1 :  to pretend to be asleep or dead

  2. 2 :  to pretend to be helpless or less effective in order to deceive an opponent or save strength <The boxer played possum for the first few rounds, letting his opponent tire himself out.>



Word by Word Definitions

playplay
  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

possumplay
  1. :  opossum


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