Значение идиомы play possum

[play possum] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To pretend to be asleep.

Johnny seemed to be fully asleep, but his mother knew that he wasplaying possum.

2. To stay quiet for self-protection; try to escapeattention by inactivity.

The rabbit played possum under the bushes, hoping the hunter would not see him.

Bob played possum when theteacher looked around.

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