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As in:

... admit they're not monks but employees paid to look the part.

(from NGM March 2011, p. 101)

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

They are professional actors collecting a fee for playing the role of a monk, thus not genuine.

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Ah yes. look the part = to look suitable for a particular situation . Got it, thanks :) – Šime Vidas Mar 18 '11 at 2:52

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