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possum

a member of the family Phalangeridae, of marsupials. Insectivorous and frugiferous these squirrel-like animals have a beautiful dense fur and a prehensile tail. There are a number of species including brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus spp.), ring-tailed possum (Pseudochirus spp.), phalangers or gliding possums (Petaurus spp.).
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I thought he was playing possum and that's what he was doing.
It was very obvious to me that, while succumbing to a desperately poor Middlesbrough side, we were just playing possum.
After the second round, one reporter turned to another and wondered if perhaps Tarver was playing possum and was about to unleash a violent storm of punches that would put Johnson to sleep.