To act possum
Possum Pos"sum, n. [Shortened from opossum.] (Zo["o]l.) An opossum. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{To play possum}, {To act possum}, to feign ignorance, indifference or inattention, with the intent to deceive; to dissemble; -- in allusion to the habit of the opossum, which feigns death when attacked or alarmed. [1913 Webster]


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