play dead


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play dead

To lie motionless on the ground, as if one is dead. You should play dead if a brown bear attacks, but not a black bear. My kids and I made up a game where I play dead on the living room floor, and I try to catch them as they sneak past.
See also: dead, play

play dead

to pretend to be dead. When the bear attacked me, I just dropped down and played dead.
See also: dead, play
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