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Synonyms for play-act

to behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of

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I have been harping on about this for years but this needs to be stamped out of the game and it will only be done successfully if the game's governing bodies come down far harder on the cheats and play-actors.
Saying that, the authorities could stamp it out immediately, if they issued an edict to the referees to dismiss play-actors on sight.
And after suffering the agony of extra-time defeat, the Irishman blamed inexperienced Slovakian referee Lubos Michel for failing to clamp down on the Portuguese play-actors.
Shameful to say, idol-priests, play-actors, jockeys and prostitutes can inherit property: Clergymen and monks alone lie under a legal disability, a disability enacted not by persecutors, but by Christian emperors.
Those time-warp play-actors are getting suited up and in the mood for a warm-weather season of medieval make-believe.
It's UEFA's failure to stamp out the cheats and play-actors in the game which leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
We're not even out of the group stages and the play-actors have already been grabbing the headlines.
A move like this would ensure the divers and play-actors realise that not only will they not get away with it, they will be punished.