window-dress

VERB
  1. make something appear superficially attractive
    The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data
    Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth
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How To Use window-dress In A Sentence

  • He's cynical about whether the new inquiry will get closer to the truth or whether it is mere window-dressing.
  • The key question is whether these will contain anything of substance or just be existing policy re-launched or merely window-dressing.
  • The company's support of scientific research is just window-dressing.
  • The window-dressers tut, relinquish their sparkling trolley, turn on their heels and scuttle back to safety.
  • The rest's just casual research: window-dressing in a butcher's shop. NIGHT SISTERS
  • Such was Stephen Thorle, a governess in the nursery of Chelsea-bred religions, a skilled window-dresser in the emporium of his own personality, and needless to say, evanescently popular amid a wide but shifting circle of acquaintances. The Unbearable Bassington
  • The window-dresser pushed her hair back from her face and behind her dainty ears, each pierced with rows of silver sleepers.
  • The Pavilion's design is more window-dressing than architecture; its furniture is not gentlemanly; its decoration cocks a snook at good taste.
  • That was Quiller-Couch for you; the sort of gratuitous, extra-legal filigree that clients loved but which was, strictly speaking, obiter dicta, legal window-dressing. Battle of the Bulging British Bridesmaids
  • Until this is corrected, a president and secretary of state bloviating about freedom and democracy is received by the rest of the world as mere window-dressing.
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