roll over and play dead

roll over and play dead

Fig. to just give up and be unable to cope with life or a problem. Why can't I complain about this? Am I supposed to roll over and play dead?
See also: and, dead, play, roll
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Chided for being dull and gun-shy during her first Oscar hosting stint in '94, Goldberg seemed determined from the outset to show that she wasn't going to roll over and play dead this time.