To hide or disguise one's sickness, injury, or other malady in order to avoid attacks, while down and weakened and stressed, by bosses, wives, children, etc.; to fake wellness, mostly a guy trait = why men don't go to doctors much.

He had to disguys so that the vultures around him, waiting to rip him off and tear him to pieces, did not know of his plight, so he could survive to fight another day.

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