1.1 [with object] Act (a scene, role, etc.).
- It is one thing to play-act the gender role of frightened female in a movie theater where the horror is only simulated, but do I want to perform that same gender construction in real life?
- They will see the world differently and may not be so eager to play-act violence.
- In ID4, Smith's partner (Harry Connick, Jr.) play-acts a marriage proposal to him in a locker room.
1.2 (usually as noun playacting) Engage in histrionic pretense: the defender indulged in some playacting after tumbling to the ground
More example sentences
- Otherwise it's pretending, play-acting, not really living.
- Also had a couple of storming, skilful bursts up the park, although his penchant for play-acting rankled throughout and eventually earned him a booking.
- Mentalizing is pervasive in everyday life, in communication and co-operation, in pedagogy, in play-acting, but also in deceiving, cheating, and outwitting.
- Example sentences
- Beyond this, we now find Prime Ministers who are unconscious play-actors, living out tragicomic careers as if for all the world they were indeed the authentic rulers of our time.
- Clearly happy to live in some pantomime version of the distant Celtic past, these shabby play-actors only serve to give the concrete jungle a good name.
- The diving play-actors, on whom referees have been instructed to clamp down, will draw scant consolation from that as they take an early bath.
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