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false front

noun
1.
a façade falsifying the size, finish, or importance of a building, especially one having a humble purpose or cheap construction.
2.
any deceptive appearance:
He hid his great shyness behind a false front of aggressiveness.
Origin of false front
1885-1890
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90
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  • Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • You say I paint my face, and I'll pull your false front off.

    The Prude's Progress Jerome K. Jerome
  • The false front was hanging half a dozen inches from his skull.

    An Old Maid Honore de Balzac
  • During this long period a false front tooth had to be taken out in order to introduce milk and broth into her mouth.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • She has put off her false front, and lets her grizzled hair appear.

  • Old Mrs. Bascom wet her finger, smoothed the parting of her false front, and looked inscrutable.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Nibletts suggested our getting a patent laying-box, furnished with (what he apologised to my aunt for calling) a false front.

  • Mingusville consisted of the railroad station, the section-house, and a story-and-a-half "hotel" with a false front.

  • Her own hair was one cast of iron-gray, her switch another, and her false front still another.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Emily was dressy, wore a false front, and always took precedence of her sister, who was small and mousy in demeanour.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

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