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false pretenses

plural noun
a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
the use of such misrepresentation.
Origin of false pretenses
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is unfair, absolutely unfair, for me to come to you on false pretenses.

  • But I wouldn't steal your love—I don't want it on false pretenses, you understand.

    Sanctuary Edith Wharton
  • "It is a false pretense;" and she scorned all false pretenses.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
  • Your false pretenses of ‘genuineness’ are therefore insults to the history, the traditions, and the entire record of the South.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • We all felt, I think, that Tom was some kind of an impostor, claiming the sympathies of the Club on false pretenses.

  • He convinced himself of her false pretenses and punished her accordingly.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson
  • How could she be gentle, and kind, and tender, confronted with all these wretched subterfuges and false pretenses?

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • "I can't let you receive us on false pretenses, sir," replied the United States Consul.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • Every time you collect your salaries you ought to be arrested for getting money on false pretenses.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick

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