By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has doubled down on a public-relations strategy of phony deficit reduction.
Surely they believe as well that the very concept of an ethnic nation “chosen” by God is phony and unjust.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert alleges his successor Benjamin Netanyahu spent billions preparing for a phony war.
This single program alone has generated tens of thousands of phony Twitterers.
“The country really has better things to be concerned about than this phony story,” he says.
I gave him a roll of phony currency to bet with and kept a bunch of it in a special pocket to pay his winnings out of.
For there's nothin' phony about my new Uncle Kyrle, take it from me!
He's an old crank, trying to build up his ego with these phony claims.
No more tricks like the phony colonel and the atom bomb that didn’t ‘explode.
He said he knew it was a phony, but he had me there and he laughed at me, for he had signed away the points.
also phoney, "not genuine," 1899, perhaps an alteration of fawney "gilt brass ring used by swindlers."
His most successful swindle was selling "painted" or "phony" diamonds. He had a plan of taking cheap stones, and by "doctoring" them make them have a brilliant and high class appearance. His confederates would then take the diamonds to other pawnbrokers and dispose of them. ["The Jewelers Review," New York, April 5, 1899]The noun meaning "phony person or thing" is attested from 1902.
Not real or genuine; false; fake: You phony little fake (1900+)
: I ain't phoneying them woids (1942+)
[fr late 1700s British underworld slang fawney fr Irish fa´inne, ''ring,'' referring to a swindle in which the fawney-dropper drops a cheap ring before the victim, then is persuaded to sell it as if it were valuable; as the sequence of spellings, phoney and later phony, indicates, the US spelling is probably based on an attested folk etymology revealing the notion that one's feelings or even identity could be readily falsified on the telephone]