play dumb

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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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It came after Chancellor George Osborne played dumb on the radio when asked six times if he'd raised the tax issue with the Tory peer.
Pop star Annie Lennox, pictured, has criticised misogynistic men, saying she played dumb as a younger woman to avoid making them feel "eclipsed".
When I told him that the word is racial slang among its various definitions, Holdcraft again played dumb.
I had no dialogues so I just went out there and played dumb charades every
We got outplayed - they played well and we played dumb," said Wildcats' skipper Steve Southern.
In this case, Simon played dumb in order to buttress his pot shots at an ABC/Washington Post poll on the state of the U.
We certainly put the effort in but we played dumb rugby at times.
I was on my guard and played dumb - so they spoke to me in English.
New York-based Shayk had played dumb about her romance to reporters at her Ocean Drive cover party at the Gansevoort Miami Beach, reports the New York Post.
We played well in patches, I just thought we played dumb some times, maybe we got caught in the hype a little bit in the second half," Dymock said.
At first, McKillop played dumb, then told the couple a man had been in Saturday afternoon trying to sell, then give away, a small German shepherd.
Whatever the nature of the damage, if he suspects they're lying, he says he tries to take on the "old Columbo routine," a reference to the rumpled but savvy TV detective who played dumb to solve his homicide cases.
The public did not even seem to mind when the 79-year-old Shiokawa played dumb by repeatedly replying ''I forgot'' when recently grilled by an opposition Diet member.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was asked about the ``code'' in a radio interview, and he played dumb, claiming never to have heard of such a thing.
So I played dumb for a couple of hours - and was left speechless.