play false

play false
verb
conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
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He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well

Hypernyms: ↑deceive, ↑betray, ↑lead astray
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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play false (sometimes with with; archaic)
To act dishonestly towards or betray someone
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Main Entry:play

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • play false — index betray (lead astray), cheat, illude, pretend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play false — deceive, cheat, scam; falsify, distort …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • play — v. & n. v. 1 intr. (often foll. by with) occupy or amuse oneself pleasantly with some recreation, game, exercise, etc. 2 intr. (foll. by with) act light heartedly or flippantly (with feelings etc.). 3 tr. a perform on or be able to perform on (a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • False Folio — is the term that Shakespeare scholars and bibliographers have applied to William Jaggard s printing of ten Shakespearean and pseudo Shakespearean plays together in 1619, the first attempt to collect Shakespeare s work in a single volume.The term… …   Wikipedia

  • play someone false — To act falsely or treacherously towards a person • • • Main Entry: ↑false * * * I deceive or cheat someone II prove treacherous or deceitful toward someone …   Useful english dictionary

  • Play — Play, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • False — False, adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely. You play me false. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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