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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
References in classic literature ?
He as good as told him that he'd come out under false pretences, that the whole affair was a swindle and that the road could not be made.
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
With this he showed them into a parlour where he kept them waiting, until the two women-servants had repaired thither, under false pretences, to see the play-actors; and having compared notes with them in the passage, and joined in a vast quantity of whispering and giggling, he at length went upstairs with Miss Snevellicci's name.
A 42-year-old woman was arrested in the Famagusta district for taking jewellery and other valuables at three stores under false pretences, said police.
This morning also we have received a communication from the Delhi Government indicating that three Ugandan women, who had come to India on January 17, have requested that they be sent back to Uganda because they were lured to India under false pretences," he said.
htm) revealed by Cambridge News , trustees at the 105-year-old hall cancelled the event, saying it had been hired under false pretences.
backed terrorism, adding that the US and its allies are launching a direct aggression on Syria under false pretences of chemical weapons use after they have failed to carry out their mission thanks to the sweeping majority of the Syrian people who have remained defiant in face of all attempts to destroy their homeland.
There are players who are just turning up and taking the money under false pretences.
But on his arrival, it becomes clear the paganloving locals have called him there under false pretences, and that they have big plans for the constable himself.
US banking giant Chase claim Mr Drumm obtained credit from them under false pretences or actual fraud.
Quite simply, that is not fair and they won the competition under false pretences.
The city board are no better than MPs, their behaviour nothing short of taking supporters' money under false pretences.
He told peers: "If, like Lord Laid-law, you give cast iron undertakings to the House of Lords Appointments Commission that you will immediately become resident for tax purpose in this country in order to get a peerage and then flagrantly dishonour them you have simply obtained a peerage under false pretences.
If this was a business it would collapse, or all would be sacked for taking money under false pretences.
Each year a large number of women from Brazil, Colombia and the Dominican Republic are trafficked to Suriname under false pretences and subsequently exploited for prostitution.