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false position

a situation in which a person is forced to act or seems to be acting against his principles or interests
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  • Nothing ever put her out or made her look as if she were in a false position.

    The Woman With The Fan Robert Hichens
  • Jacques sees the false position which he occupies, and groans.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • I only want you not to allow them to put you in a false position by looking down upon you.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Had her father forced her into the false position in which she found herself?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • No doubt we have hardly yet recovered from the false position into which we have all helped to place Handel.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • Her despair gathered as her false position was forced upon her.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • In short, he is in a false position, as every man must be who presumes to live alone when he can do better.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • This was her first realization of the discomfort of a false position.

    Elsie Marley, Honey Joslyn Gray
  • When a lady of this class attains so very elevated a rank, the perils of her false position multiply around her.

  • Fairfield mentally cursed the false position in which he found himself.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest

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