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under false pretenses

With a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here under false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings under false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: false, pretense

by false pretenses

By a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here by false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings by false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: by, false, pretense

on false pretenses

On a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here on false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings on false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: false, on, pretense

by/on/under false preˈtences

(British English) (American English by/on/under false ˈpretenses) by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, etc: She was sent to prison for six months for obtaining money under false pretences.He got me there under false pretences. He told me he wanted to discuss a business deal, but when I got there, it was a surprise birthday party.
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Sue O''Brien will close her Pretence cafe and bar in Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff
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There's a separate argument about the dangers even of harmless weapons being used in an intimidating way, but these swords go far beyond pretence.
The hypocrisy of pretence is exemplified most famously by Moliere's eponymous villain Tartuffe.
Clearly annoyed, Cowell insisted it had not been pretence but said he would only discuss the situation further.
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It's they who are allowing our masters in the courts to invoke Canada's so-called human rights codes and the misconceived Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a pretence for trampling upon the basic principles of freedom under law.
He said Oladele Ayuba who claimed to be an Islamic cleric involved in advanced fee fraud and obtaining under false pretence.
Aswe look back on a week in which a GAA club and a DUP councillor's home have been torched,should we all be looking a little more closely at this society and making sure our peace is not built on any such pretence.
As Rory Leishman pointed out in the London Free Press (May 29), this is another case where judges "under the pretence of upholding the Charter, have contrived to transform Canada into a veritable juridical dictatorship.
We have so far identified four men from India that came to the island under the pretence of taking care an elderly person," said Angelides.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Maiduguri Zonal Office had arraigned Prince Power and Attah Adoga on a-two count charge for the offence of Conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence funds to the tune of one Hundred Fifty thousand naira from one Ali Musa.
So are the police who lock up a young man on such a pathetic pretence.
DESPERATE Alexander Allan gave a false name when he was arrested and continued the pretence when he appeared in court.
Ikechukwu, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining under false pretences and stealing.