Referring to a person as an adjective. Flakey person, Uncaring, Inconsiderate, Full of bullshit, But you still hold them high in standards.
All of your kayfabe friends have upped and left you.
by Cacaaa!! February 4, 2009
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A literary device used in professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true", specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or predetermined nature of any kind. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.
"Wrestling is real to me 'cause Kayfabe tells me so"
by cyberphunkisms November 9, 2018
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In a business environment, everyone plays their roles as designed and expected.

The natural hierarchy is rarely rocked, due to the fear of sticking out, seeming petty, and of being blackballed.

Vendors over laugh at jokes to secure contracts, CEOs compliment staff in public because they once read something that says to compliment people in public, and nervous account executives overemphasize their local weather to open up zoom calls.

Essentially, everyone does and acts as predicted and as they are supposed to.

Kayfabe is rarely broken.
Yurk: Hey, how is that RFP you are working on, I know it has been taking up alot of your time.

Rick: It has. I feel like breaking White Collar Kayfabe and just telling the prospect how smart they would look to their bosses by going with us, and how their history of stealing ideas from RFPs and labelling them as their own is why other companies don't want to work with them, but I can't. I have to play *THE GAME*.

Yurk: Ya, you definitely CAN'T break White Collar Kayfabe, you would get blackballed in your industry.
by Mike109999 February 21, 2022
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The phrase is used to define that a pro-wrestler's respective character / identity / gimmick should be kept intact, whether they're inside or outside the ring. Pro-wrestlers are to stay in character during a match, or while inside the arena, with or without the cameras rolling, to make it look real.
Orange Cassidy posed in photos like he's still in his in-ring character, during a private event. He's keeping kayfabe alive.
by KayfabeMark April 27, 2021
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