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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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.
We will not turn around and play dead surrounding criminal offences," Pella explains.
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.
My view, which he seems to share, is that the doomsday scenarios are based on the assumption that 250 million people are going to roll over and play dead.
The pair dropped to the floor and curled up and tried to play dead before one of the gunmen approached them and opened fire.
3 ing a Katie, 83 33, was attending an after-party for her Broadway play Dead Accounts.
Sometimes, he would lie there and play dead just to get attention.
Certain male spiders confront the threat of a cannibalistic female with a novel tactic: They play dead while having sex.