window dressing


noun

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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window-dressing


noun

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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