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false front

noun
1.
a façade falsifying the size, finish, or importance of a building, especially one having a humble purpose or cheap construction.
2.
any deceptive appearance:
He hid his great shyness behind a false front of aggressiveness.
Origin of false front
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism
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  • Emily was dressy, wore a false front, and always took precedence of her sister, who was small and mousy in demeanour.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Stepped out of the gown, and walked about in the old Lady's cap and false front!

  • The false front was hanging half a dozen inches from his skull.

    An Old Maid Honore de Balzac
  • "It is a false front," he said, looking at the golden stone and the twin towers, and loving them just the same.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Old Mrs. Bascom wet her finger, smoothed the parting of her false front, and looked inscrutable.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Aunt Priscilla had worn a false front under her cap for many a year that was now a rusty, faded brown.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Mingusville consisted of the railroad station, the section-house, and a story-and-a-half "hotel" with a false front.

  • Her false front was pushed fantastically away, her rouge and powder were rubbed off in patches, her face looked set and hard.

    "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Her own hair was one cast of iron-gray, her switch another, and her false front still another.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather

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