play dead

Definition of play dead

:to lie on one's back and pretend to be dead
  • She taught her dog to play dead.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly


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