let on
intransitive verb Date: 1725 1. to make acknowledgment ; admit <
knows more than he lets on
>
2. to reveal a secret <
nobody let on about the surprise party
>
3. pretend <
let on to being a stranger
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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