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window dressing

noun
1.
the art, act, or technique of trimming the display windows of a store.
2.
misrepresentation of something, so as to give a favorable impression:
The company's list of assets included a great deal of window dressing.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90
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Examples for window dressing
  • Colleges should also invite speakers who reflect diverse viewpoints-and not merely as academic window dressing.
  • But that's all window dressing if it can't make us care what happens to its characters.
  • And yet there was a context, and that context is not mere window dressing.
  • Now please find a subplot in which you play a role as something other than shrieking pastel window dressing.
  • They hire them for window dressing, especially in finance.
  • Not window dressing, but real respect and opportunities.
  • Finally, while posting your complaint online might catch a company's attention, the response is sometimes window dressing.
  • He had chosen her as window dressing for the mausoleum he runs, but her strength and grace have touched him.
  • Superconductivity here is mere window dressing on your basic idea.
  • They are lavish window dressing for the memorabilia, much of it expected.

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