play dead


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play dead

to pretend to be dead. When the bear attacked me, I just dropped down and played dead.
See also: dead, play
References in classic literature ?
And almost without any work at all, he taught him to roll over, to say his prayers, to play dead, to sit up and smoke a pipe with a hat on his head, and not merely to stand up on his hind legs but to walk on them.
After breakfast I made him do his lessons; play dead dog, shake hands, stand up like a soldier.
After a long day's work as a secretary, she was quite content to lie on the floor herself and play dead.
Play Dead never hits the audience over the head with its skepticism.
He said: "As I lay there in the car I realised I just had to literally play dead.
3 -- color) Jeff Holmes, bottom, and Steve Chambers play dead in the front yard of Chambers' West Hills house where they made a plane-crash scene for Halloween.
Some readers will want more action, but middle school girls will relate to the conflict between mother and daughter and the ambiguous emotions evoked by boys who roll down hills and play dead.
And the difference compared to last year's event is that they don't play dead rubbers.
They're dead, so hey, we're ghost, we play dead music, we're poltergeists, we're necromancers.
Following on from 2000's He Stumbled, Howard Barker's new play Dead Hands explores similar territory of sex, death and desire.
We will not turn around and play dead surrounding criminal offences," Pella explains.
NEW YORK-Retailers are hoping that consumers won't roll over and play dead when it comes to buying dishes for their favorite pets this year.
car companies did not roll over and play dead, they turned themselves from the world's highest-cost producers to those which the lowest costs.
That doesn't mean we should roll over and play dead, but it does mean we should be big enough to admit when change is required and be active agents for that change.
share away from its rivals "who are not likely to lie down and play dead.