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- v. to feign death; to remain quiet and still to escape attention or remain undetected; to lay low.
- v. to feign sleep, illness, etc.
- v. to dissemble or to feign ignorance; to disguise or conceal something in order to deceive.
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- v. to pretend to be dead
English play + possum (from opossum), from the behaviour of the Virginia opossum, feigning death when threatened. First documented 1822. (Wiktionary)