To keep up appearances, she wears a dark wig and black shades, resembling Dylan circa 1966.
Ahmed, a 53-year-old father of two, tries to keep up appearances.
"It is no use to keep up appearances longer," said the Mask, and he dropped out and walked off on his nose.
I know what an awful struggle it has been to keep up appearances.
Topman was already drawing heavily on the income of the firm to keep up appearances, and the future must not be overlooked.
In short Radisson was resolved at all costs to keep up appearances.
You can't keep down expenses when you've got to keep up appearances—that is, the appearance of being something that you ain't.
He must go from precipice to precipice, to keep up appearances.
Unhappily, the intervention of the King of England was not likely to help to keep up appearances.
But this, perhaps, was only to keep up appearances, no more.
late 14c., "visible state or form, figure; mere show," from Anglo-French apparaunce, Old French aparance "appearance, display, pomp" (13c.), from Latin apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, past participle of apparere (see appear). Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "action of coming into view" is mid-15c. Phrase keep up appearances attested from 1760 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).