Pretend to be deaf and dumb; pretend to be deaf and mute; play ignorant; play dumb; remain aloof; turn a deaf ear
“I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody.
From J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Chief Bromden pretends to be “deaf and dumb" so he can stay distinct from the world.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” by Ken Kesey
Joshua pretends to be deaf and mute to escape from the troubles he caused.
Don’t play ignorant! You know what I meant.
I played ignorant (play dumb) even though I knew about the surprise party.
John played dumb when I asked him if he knew who had been on the telephone.
Mark remained aloof from all the discussion about the presidential campaign, quietly standing in his corner, paying no attention.
We should not remain aloof from the increasing bad social trends and values.
我們不應對日益惡化的不良社會風氣裝聾做啞 , 置若罔聞。
Once Judy becomes the governor, she is quick at turning a deaf ear to her supporters and ignoring their pleas.
December 26, 2018