play ignorant

play ignorant

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 ignorant the next time I see him. A: "Did Tammy ask you about my date with Steve?" B: "Yeah, but I played ignorant about it. I just couldn't handle more of her drama today." A: "What vase?" B: "Don't play ignorant with me! You know which one I mean!"
See also: play

play ignorant

 and play dumb
to pretend to be ignorant [of something]. I played ignorant even though I knew about the surprise party. John played dumb when I asked him if he knew who had been on the telephone.
See also: play
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"The police should not play ignorant of the operation yet they even refused to allow our client to record the case at the Spring Valley station.
He added: "Do not guess, do not play ignorant, do not play Russian roulette with precious lives."
But what amount of self-denial did it take, I wonder, for this most erudite of men to play ignorant schoolmaster?
To play ignorant would be an insult to the Filipino people seeking justice and
But these are criminals and some decide to play ignorant." Peter Wood, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service regional enforcement operations manager, said around pounds 500,000 had been recovered with two other similar operations earlier this year.
As they're not back for two weeks, should I get someone round or play ignorant?