in name only / alone
/ɪn nˈeɪm ˈoʊnli/
used for saying that a person, thing, situation etc. is not actually like what their description, label, or title suggests
to keep up appearances
/kˈiːp ˌʌp ɐpˈɪɹənsᵻz/
to act and behave as if everything is fine so that others do not find out about one's problems
lip service
/lˈɪp sˈɜːvɪs/
an insincere offer or promise of support, assistance, etc.
to put one's money where one's mouth is
/pˌʊt wˈʌnz mˈʌni wˌɛɹ wˈʌnz mˈaʊθ ɪz/
to take action that proves one's sincerity or commitment to what one has said by investing or spending money on it
wolf in sheep's / lamb's clothing
/wˈʊlf ɪn ʃˈiːps lˈæmz klˈoʊðɪŋ/
an evil person who seems nice and friendly
to play dead
/plˈeɪ dˈɛd/
to fake death by lying on the ground without moving
to put on a brave face / front
/pˌʊt ˌɑːn ɐ bɹˈeɪv fˈeɪs fɹˈʌnt/
to behave in a way that hides one's unhappiness, worries, or problems
to play it cool
/plˈeɪ ɪt kˈuːl/
to act calmly in order to hide one's anger, enthusiasm, fear, etc. from others
to cry wolf
/kɹˈaɪ wˈʊlf/
to have a bad reputation of calling for help when one does not really need any, and so making oneself untrustworthy
crocodile tears
/kɹˈɑːkədˌaɪl tˈɪɹz/
fake display of feelings of sadness, remorse, or sympathy
butter would not melt in one's mouth
/bˈʌɾɚ wʊd nˌɑːt mˈɛlt ɪn wˈʌnz mˈaʊθ/
used for saying that a person only appears to be nice or innocent, but they are not like that in reality
to put on an act
/pˌʊt ˌɑːn ɐn ˈækt/
to talk or behave in a way that is fake
accidentally on purpose
/ˌæksɪdˈɛntəli ˌɑːn pˈɜːpəs/
used to refer to when someone does something intentionally, but pretends as if it was an accident
stool pigeon
/stˈuːl pˈɪdʒən/
a person sent into a group as a spy to report on its activities
to play possum
/plˈeɪ pˈɑːsəm/
to pretend as if one is asleep or dead so that others will not bother or attack one
paper tiger
/pˈeɪpɚ tˈaɪɡɚ/
someone or something that looks frightening, dangerous, or strong while in reality, they are not
whistle in the dark
/wˈɪsəl ɪnðə dˈɑːɹk/
to act as if one is not afraid or worried
to turn on the waterworks
/tˈɜːn ɑːnðə wˈɔːɾɚwˌɜːks/
to begin crying just to get others to sympathize with one or do what one asks of them
champagne taste on a beer budget
/ʃæmpˈeɪn tˈeɪst ˌɑːn ɐ bˈɪɹ bˈʌdʒɪt/
used when someone likes to have things so expensive they cannot possibly afford
to strike an attitude of sth
/stɹˈaɪk ɐn ˈæɾɪtˌuːd ʌv ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to purposefully choose to behave in a specific manner to show a specific idea or leave a specific impression
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