play dumb

play dumb

To pretend that one has no or little knowledge (of something); to act ignorant or uninformed (about something). I don't think I'm supposed to know that Rick is getting fired, so I'm just going to play dumb the next time I see him. A: "Did Tammy ask you about my date with Steve?" B: "Yeah, but I played dumb about it. I just couldn't handle more of her drama today."
See also: dumb, play
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The White House can play dumb all it wants, but its obvious what Rick Scott and Ryan Zinke are up to.
A satirical script requires Tom Cruise to play dumb, which isn't easy for the intelligent actor.
A satirical script requires Tom Cruise to play dumb and his clean-cut image means Barry is never seen indulging in any of the cocaine he transported.
Their nasty habit of parking side by side to pick up or wait for passengers, at almost every corner or in the middle of the road, is still a common cause for cursing by those who cannot understand why traffic enforcers continue to play dumb and blind to such brazen disregard of traffic rules.
Don't play stupid / don't play dumb / vagina's where you're really from
It is easiest and best when your silence and intentional gaps provide enough room for someone to self-correct, but you can play dumb and still talk, as long as you do not add anything to the conversation that redirects attention back to the offending words.
When we were on outdoor shoots, Kaif would strum the guitar and you have no idea about their talent, both play dumb charades really well.
Whenever she is asked to clean her room, however, Chaser seems to play dumb.
Dammn allows Redford to play dumb, or at least to avoid the endless art-world second-guessing of this most narcissistic or, let's say, self-involved of artists.
And Morrissey likewise expresses skepticism: "If you're a pizza and you play dumb, I'm still going to eat you.
Or should the McCourters just play dumb and simply be happy to have a few extra playing dates this month?
But if we play dumb against Leeds, it will be a high-scoring final and it won't be in our favour.
His response was to play dumb and simply ignore the teacher's overtures.
She's very far from the victim, which makes it very hard to get directors to think of me as ditsy, but I believe to play dumb you have to be very very smart to make it work.
and not an inch farther is to stick your head in the sand and play dumb.