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possum

1. an informal name for opossum
2. Austral. and NZ any of various Australasian arboreal marsupials, such as Trichosurus vulpecula (brush-tailed phalanger), having dense fur and a long tail: family Phalangeridae
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2008, 'Playing Possum: Straws in the Wind of the Blogosphere', Pacific Journalism Review, vol.
Saffy: "There's Clare Balding!" Edina: "Is she?!" (Absolutely Fabulous: Olympics Special) Cunning trick of the week "The phrase 'playing possum' comes from possums going into this stupefied state.
So, you discounted the first half and hoped Wrexham were just playing possum. That in the second period they'd come out with all guns blazing after lulling Luton into a false sense of security.
Playing possum: One night when I was dosing in the chickens, I spotted a baby possum.
Coach Sid Rafuse seemed to be playing possum in that first game, sending little-used Chris Brassard to the mound to take one for the team.
Instead, they accused James of "playing possum," and they all watched as he choked on his own tongue.
Now the 21-year-old is playing possum in Tinseltown and this year is also starring alongside Ethan Hawke in the adaptation of controversial bestseller Fast Food Nation (her favourite book), and with Richard Gere in The Flock.