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pretend (that) black is white

To say, believe, or act like what's true is the opposite of the real situation. The government can't keep pretending black is white, or else we're going to head into the same economic difficulty we were in 10 years ago. The president could pretend that black is white, and he would still have people lining up to say that he is right.
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pretend to (something)

To feign or claim to have some quality, skill, or characteristic. Jonathan pretends to the palate of a connoisseur, but really he's just pretentious. I like to write, but couldn't pretend to the kind of talent she has.
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pretend to something

to claim to have a skill or quality. I can hardly pretend to the artistry that Wally has, but I can play the piano a bit. I can't pretend to that level of skill.
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I pretended to be sighing but I was enjoying my lot: I was a sorry, sorry.
Civil War, Sarah pretended her way into the Union Army, becoming a male nurse named Frank Thompson.
He didn't get peed on by the elephant, he pretended he did.
I pretended I was in a bike shop negotiating which motorbike to buy" - former hostage Peter Moore on how he coped during his two-and-a-half-year ordeal.
In the dance, they were divided into groups, sat on the floor and pretended they were in boats, rocking back and forth and side to side.
Nearly all the children in the study, regardless of age, regularly pretended to be real and imaginary characters.
But in that play a woman pretended to be the dead lover of her husband's boyfriend, and Lucas managed to milk the encounter for maximum dramatic and metaphorical impact, portraying cyberspace as a netherworld of disembodied souls.
While the manager pretended to look for a cash register key, Walker left the restaurant.
PETE Doherty pretended to snort cocaine during a gig and trashed a villa, causing pounds 50,000 damage.
This time he pretended to scrape a key along the sides of cars to explore attitudes to wanton destruction.
Doctors and nurses rushed the teen into a room and after simulating life-saving efforts, pretended that she died.
The movie focuses on two of them, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, who pretended to be members of the World Trade Organization a few years back.
In six months he has pretended to 10 women he has been tied to a post or tree in Bracknell, Berks.
WOODLAND HILLS - As a kid, Arnie Rubin pretended he journeyed to Mars with Flash Gordon.
The DJs pretended to be an aide phoning Castro in Havana to ask about a suitcase Chavez lost when both men were visiting Argentina.