play act

See: pretend
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Get in They play act whenever they get the wind of a passing opponent and roll over so many times they nearly end up on the terraces.
We're quick to jump down the throats of ``foreigners'' who play act and dive.
MARTIN JOL insists no Fulham player would play act in the way that saw Moussa Dembele sent off in a loss to Wisla Krakow last month.
Perhaps it's true if the manager says I'm a better player this season because I don't play act as much," said Ronaldo.