play false

play false
conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end

He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well

Hypernyms: ↑deceive, ↑betray, ↑lead astray
Verb Frames:

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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  • 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

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  • 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

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