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roll over and play dead

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roll over and play dead

verb phrase

To surrender or acquiesce, esp without resisting: We're not about to roll over and play dead while the Republicans rubber stamp their extremist agenda

[1940s+; fr a trick one would teach a dog]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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