English version

play-acting

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplay-actingˈplay-ˌacting noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 PRETENDbehaviour in which someone pretends to be serious or sincere, but is notplay-act verb [intransitive]
Examples from the Corpus
play-actingI was no longer responsible for the pretending, the elaborate play-acting.What Yeroen hoped to gain by his play-acting is not clear, though it may have helped to defuse further aggression.Instead of plays being acted by the city craftsmen once a year, we've made a craft of play-acting.
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