Definition of play-acting in English:

play-acting

noun

mass noun
  • 1Engagement in pretence in order to trick someone or gain an advantage.

    ‘the defender indulged in some play-acting after tumbling to the ground’
  • 2The acting of a play or plays; dramatic performance.

    ‘the workshop threw light on the nuances of play-acting’

Pronunciation

play-acting

/ˈpleɪaktɪŋ/