make something appear superficially attractive
The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data
Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth
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.