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Synonyms for play false

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

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The notion that the recent weeks of uncertainty have not troubled the players will play false to those who witnessed the recent game against Bangor.
Kelly's greatest achievement occurred when his play False Delicacy (staged in 1768) scored a triumph in opposition to Goldsmith's The Good Natur'd Man.