play dead(redirected from plays dead)
To lie motionless on the ground, as if one is dead. They always say you should play dead a bear becomes aggressive, but you should only do this if the bear is defending itself or its cubs. 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.
to pretend to be dead. When the bear attacked me, I just dropped down and played dead.