put-on

[n. poot-on, -awn; adj. poot-on, -awn]
noun Informal.
1.
an act or instance of putting someone on.
2.
a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof.
3.
affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness.
adjective
4.
assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised: a put-on manner that didn't fool anyone.

Origin:
1855–60; adj., noun use of verb phrase put (someone) on

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put-on

noun
1. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way 
2. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage [syn: fraud
3. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement [syn: antic
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Example sentences
And that's how people are listening to me, because they know it's not a put-on.
If not exactly a deliberate swindle, it is an endlessly repeated put-on, a shaggy-dog story without a punch line.
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