- the art, act, or technique of trimming the display windows of a store.
- misrepresentation of something, so as to give a favorable impression: The company's list of assets included a great deal of window dressing.
Origin of window dressing
First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for window-dressing
This time the crime story is just window-dressing for a meditation on a father-son relationship.Michael Connelly's Book Picks
June 2, 2009
I realize that the question was window-dressing, but my answer is quite serious.The Syndic
On window-dressing days he was up and down the street half the morning.
The event in the airport at Salonika and the attack on the convoy were window-dressing.The Invaders
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
It may be part of our commercial gift for window-dressing, for putting up a good front.Atlantic Classics
Then they turned to the shop windows, and considered the window-dressing art as displayed by these Brighton tradesmen.
- the ornamentation of shop windows, designed to attract customers
- the pleasant, showy, or false aspect of an idea, policy, etc, which is stressed to conceal the real or unpleasant nature; façade
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