play dumb

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play dumb

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 dumb the next time I see him. A: "Did Tammy ask you about my date with Steve?" B: "Yeah, but I played dumb about it. I just couldn't handle more of her drama today."
See also: dumb, play
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Widnes coach Denis Betts, who lost his job as assistant to England coach Wayne Bennett yesterday, said: "We played dumb and a couple of Danny Brough kicks did us early on.
Felicity played dumb and told Margot that she will help her out, but the truth is, Felicity has something else up her sleeves.
How could past presidents have played dumb all those years?
Unfortunately, we played dumb at times and paid the ultimate price for that.
Pop star Annie Lennox, pictured, has criticised misogynistic men, saying she played dumb as a younger woman to avoid making them feel "eclipsed".
I had no dialogues so I just went out there and played dumb charades every
We got outplayed - they played well and we played dumb," said Wildcats' skipper Steve Southern.
We certainly put the effort in but we played dumb rugby at times.
New York-based Shayk had played dumb about her romance to reporters at her Ocean Drive cover party at the Gansevoort Miami Beach, reports the New York Post.
We played well in patches, I just thought we played dumb some times, maybe we got caught in the hype a little bit in the second half," Dymock said.
We played dumb football in the second half," said Fletcher.
Whatever the nature of the damage, if he suspects they're lying, he says he tries to take on the "old Columbo routine," a reference to the rumpled but savvy TV detective who played dumb to solve his homicide cases.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was asked about the ``code'' in a radio interview, and he played dumb, claiming never to have heard of such a thing.
So I played dumb for a couple of hours - and was left speechless.