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borrowed plumes

A showy display that is not truly one's own. Oh, I know you lied to me earlier, so quit adorning yourself with borrowed plumes and tell me what you really contributed to this event.
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plume (oneself) on (something)

To pride oneself on something in a vain, boastful, or showy manner. He plumes himself on his business acumen, constantly talking about how many big sales he's pulled in and how much money he earns. But so much as challenge one of their worldviews with facts, and the aloof nonchalance these teenagers plume themselves on will crumple like tissue paper.
See also: on, plume

plume oneself

Congratulate oneself, boast, as in He plumed himself on his victory. This idiom transfers the bird's habit of dressing its feathers to human self-satisfaction. [First half of 1600s]
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borrowed plumes

a pretentious display not rightly your own.
This phrase refers to the fable of the jay which dressed itself in the peacock's feathers.
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We will be extracting ground water from the Plume Core Toe that contains contaminates then treating the water out of the ground," said Tony Howes, UDEQ project manager.
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Surgical plume has been shown to cause an inflammatory response or specifically acute and chronic alveolar congestion, interstitial pneumonia and bronchiolitis in the lungs of rats (Barrett & Garber, 2004).
But for Coloradans who came or stayed for easy access to a high quality of life in the outdoors, Silver Plume remains an idyllic community to put down roots.
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This protocol was dictated by constraints on the ability to rapidly change solutions while preventing cross contamination of the plume introduction device.
Roth said that they do not know yet if these plumes are connected to subsurface liquid water or not.
However, little is known about the effect of coupling the task ventilation modules with the DV systems on the space temperature field and plume flow rates.
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