or Po·tem·kin Vil·lage
[ poh-tem-kin vil-ij, puh‐ ]
/ poʊˈtɛm kɪn ˈvɪl ɪdʒ, pə‐ /
a pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition.
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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Origin of Potemkin village
1935–40; after Prince Potëmkin, who allegedly had villages of cardboard constructed for Catherine II's visit to the Ukraine and the Crimea in 1787
Words nearby Potemkin village
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