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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!
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by false pretenses

By or under 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

By or under 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
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Watterson was found guilty Wednesday on the charges of larceny over $250 and larceny over $250 by false pretenses.
In its decision, the court focused on the policy's forgery and alteration endorsement and on the policy's false pretenses exclusion.
McDougall's unmasking of national pretense provokes all sorts of hard questions about the American identity.
The only possible pretense he brings to the story is as a fisherman good enough to own his own boat.
It may seem to the insured that he voluntarily parted with one of his cars under false pretenses, but false pretense is a statutory crime that consists of a false representation of a material present or past fact that causes the victim to pass ride to his property to a wrongdoer who knows that the representation is false and intends, thereby, to defraud the victim.
The tool they offer in support is the idea of semantic pretense.
squelch the investigation under bogus national-security pretenses.
My job is to make it attractive to people but not to lure them in under false pretenses," he says.
In short, Dworkin's and Tribe's textualist pretenses are a thin cover for their effort to mobilize the Constitution for left-liberal causes.
Many State statutes define fraud as the obtaining of money, property, or services by trick, deception, or false pretenses.
Now that the project is entering its final stages, however, the eurofederalists are dropping all pretenses and admitting openly what they previously denied.
Everything indicates that Sharipov was arrested on false and sordid pretenses designed to rid the authorities of a bothersome dissident voice," the group's secretary-general, Robert Menard, said in a letter to Uzbek president Islam Karimov.