masquerade as

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masquerade as (someone or something)

1. Literally, to disguise oneself as someone or something; to dress in apparel meant to look like someone or something else. I love seeing all the kids on Halloween masquerading as ghouls, goblins, and cartoon characters.
2. To pretend to be someone or something that one is not; to posture as someone or something. It's clear now that the candidate has just been masquerading as a common, working-class citizen to gain more votes across the county. She masqueraded as a legitimate journalist before it was discovered that she had plagiarized most of her work.
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masquerade as someone or something

to appear disguised as someone or something; to pretend to be someone or something. We decided to masquerade as ghosts for the party. Mr. Wilson, who is a bit overweight, masqueraded as Cinderella's coach.
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In her introduction, Bell draws a distinction between "traditional masquerade" and masquerade as we now experience it.
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Elizabeth Atkins is the author of Dark Secret (Forge, July 2000), a sexy thriller about a biracial woman whose high-stakes masquerade as a glamorous white woman costs her black mother's life.
Burton's analysis of possession cult and carnival demonstrates that the two ritual practices share masquerade as a common feature or, more generally, the "ludic, theatrical, or agonic character of both.
Go to almost any urban area in the country and see the kind of damage to people's lives which is done by a number of travellers who masquerade as gipsies.