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 ?
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.
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.
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.
Don't make fine play-acting speeches about bread, but earn it.
Then the Captain, with a movement so sudden that it might have been passion or play-acting, took Sir Wilson Seymour by the throat.
STOKE'S legendary hardman Denis Smith believes managers have the power to end the diving and play-acting which is blighting today's game.
For in the new postwar age of play-acting Stalinists, Wilson saw Orwell as the last prophet of commonsense independent-minded thought on the left.
Sunderland's opening Championship game with Derby at the Stadium of Light will be the first competitive game subject to the FA's crackdown on play-acting.
The PS32million striker was involved in a touchline flare-up with fuming Costa accusing Juan Carlos Paredes of play-acting - which saw both players booked.
There was no bending of the rules, no play-acting, and no arguing with the match official.