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Related to though: thru
Similar to, likened to, or fashioned after something like it were the truth. So many bad things happened all at once, it's as though life itself were against me. He acts as though he's some famous author, though really he's only ever published a single short story.
See also: though
make as though
To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. Mark's boyfriend always makes as though he cares deeply about other people's problems, but he's never willing to actually help. Samantha's been making as though she's writing the next great American novel, but it's just some trashy thriller.
1. Like. I have such a terrible headache—I feel as if my head is going to explode. I did tell her that I wouldn't be home for dinner tonight. It's as if she doesn't listen to me at all!
2. An interjection indicating complete dismissal of what has been said or suggested, implying that it is not the case or would never happen. A: "Tim thinks he's going to go to the prom with you." B: "As if! I'd rather go by myself."
make as if
To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. Mark always makes as if he cares deeply about other people's problems, but he's never willing to actually help. Samantha's been making as if she's writing the next great American novel, but it's just some trashy thriller.
as ifalso as though
like something was actually so The pain was so bad, he felt as if a knife were sticking between his shoulders. When my mother came to visit, I tried to make everything as though she were on vacation.
Also, as though. As it would be, as in He decided to accept, as if it really mattered, or John scowled as though he were really angry. The first idiom dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the late 1700s. Also see make as if.
make as if
Also, make as though; make like. Behave as if, pretend that. For example, Jean made as if she really liked the soup, or Dad made as though he had not heard them, or She makes like she's a really important person. The first two usages date from the early 1500s; the third, a colloquialism, dates from the late 1800s.