false front

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:
1885–90, Americanism

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