false pretenses

plural noun

a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
the use of such misrepresentation.

Nearby words

  1. false pond,
  2. false position,
  3. false positive,
  4. false pregnancy,
  5. false pretences,
  6. false relation,
  7. false rib,
  8. false ribs,
  9. false scorpion,
  10. false solomon's-seal

Origin of false pretenses

First recorded in 1750–60

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