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English verb: play false

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

SamplesHe bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well.

Synonymsbamboozle, hoodwink, lead by the nose, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)betray, deceive, lead astray

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