play-acting


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play-act

or play·act  (plā′ăkt′)
intr.v. play-act·ed, play-act·ing, play-acts also play·act·ed or play·act·ing also play·acts
1. To play a role in a dramatic performance.
2. To play a pretended role; make believe.
3. To behave in an overdramatic or artificial manner.
Translations

play-acting

[ˈpleɪˌæktɪŋ] N (lit) → actuación f teatral (fig) → teatro m, comedia f
this is mere play-acting (fig) → esto es puro teatro, esto no es más que una comedia

play-acting

[ˈpleɪˌæktɪŋ] n (fig) it's only play-actingè tutta una commedia
References in classic literature ?
Then the Captain, with a movement so sudden that it might have been passion or play-acting, took Sir Wilson Seymour by the throat.
He was, in truth, acting, play-acting, attempting to do what he had no heart-prompting to do.
He bobbed his tail good-naturedly and friendly, and growled ferociously and friendly; but the keenness of the drunkenness of the mate discerned the difference and aroused in him, vaguely, the intuition of difference, of play-acting, of cheating.
Lynde says that all play-acting is abominably wicked.
Don't make fine play-acting speeches about bread, but earn it.
I am going to do a bit of play-acting, the bottom ground of which is just exactly as serious as the gallows for the pair of us.
Pitt Crawley declared her behaviour was monstrously indecorous, reprobated in strong terms the habit of play-acting and fancy dressing as highly unbecoming a British female, and after the charades were over, took his brother Rawdon severely to task for appearing himself and allowing his wife to join in such improper exhibitions.
There was no bending of the rules, no play-acting, and no arguing with the match official.
WALES manager ChriS Coleman says his players can cope with the hostile Haifa atmosphere and any Israeli play-acting tonight.
Coleman said: "e dierence in international football is putting up with a little bit of play-acting and simulation.
Given that first-time sex with a stranger is so much more exciting than with the spouse you've slept, snored and farted with for several decades, we decided to make each other that stranger and started play-acting.