play innocent

play innocent

To act as if one had no knowledge or involvement in something. He always plays innocent whenever something goes wrong in his department. Quit playing innocent, Dana—we have proof that you're the one who stole from the register.
See also: innocent, play

play innocent

to pretend to be innocent and not concerned. There is no need to play innocent. I know you broke the lamp! John is playing innocent, and he knows more than he is telling us.
See also: innocent, play
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Fans of the show will surely want to see how SAMCRO's matriarch will play innocent in front of Jax knowing that she is the reason why her son is in a big mess.
A YouTube campaign calling for Felicity Jones, 29, from Bournville, (pictured) to win the key role has proved fruitless Instead Johnson, 23, who is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, will play innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele, who is seduced by wealthy Christian Grey.
They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age," it said.
A BBC show meant to expose real-life fraud dupes viewers by using actors to play innocent victims, it was claimed last night.
There is little left to the imagination, but Rebecca manages to play innocent when she first spies on Mrs Brown with her paramour.
For this part of the job he gets to play innocent bystander.
But fans of the show are more excited how Gemma will play innocent in front of Jax and how long will she able to keep her dark secret.