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English idioms relate to Truth, Secrecy, & Deception - Pretense

Discover how English idioms like "keep up appearances" and "crocodile tears" relate to pretenses in English.

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English idioms relate to Truth, Secrecy, & Deception
in name only
[phrase]
used for saying that a person, thing, situation etc. is not actually like what their description, label, or title suggests
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to keep up appearances
[phrase]
to act and behave as if everything is fine so that others do not find out about one's problems
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lip service
[noun]
an insincere offer or promise of support, assistance, etc.
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to put one's money where one's mouth is
[phrase]
to take action that proves one's sincerity or commitment to what one has said by investing or spending money on it
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wolf in sheep's clothing
[phrase]
an evil person who seems nice and friendly
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to play dead
[phrase]
to fake death by lying on the ground without moving
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to put on a brave face
[phrase]
to behave in a way that hides one's unhappiness, worries, or problems
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to play it cool
[phrase]
to act calmly in order to hide one's anger, enthusiasm, fear, etc. from others
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to cry wolf
[phrase]
to have a bad reputation of calling for help when one does not really need any, and so making oneself untrustworthy
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crocodile tears
[noun]
fake display of feelings of sadness, remorse, or sympathy
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butter would not melt in one's mouth
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used for saying that a person only appears to be nice or innocent, but they are not like that in reality
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to put on an act
[phrase]
to talk or behave in a way that is fake
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accidentally on purpose
[phrase]
used to refer to when someone does something intentionally, but pretends as if it was an accident
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stool pigeon
[noun]
a person sent into a group as a spy to report on its activities
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to play possum
[phrase]
to pretend as if one is asleep or dead so that others will not bother or attack one
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paper tiger
[noun]
someone or something that looks frightening, dangerous, or strong while in reality, they are not
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whistle in the dark
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to act as if one is not afraid or worried
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to turn on the waterworks
[phrase]
to begin crying just to get others to sympathize with one or do what one asks of them
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champagne taste on a beer budget
[sentence]
used when someone likes to have things so expensive they cannot possibly afford
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to strike an attitude of sth
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to purposefully choose to behave in a specific manner to show a specific idea or leave a specific impression
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