under false pretenses

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/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.
See also: by, false, on, pretence
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In the third place, I have good reason to believe that you entered Miss Ladd's school as a teacher, under false pretenses.
I leave you to decide whether the woman who has shown you that letter--having something important to say to you--is a person who is mean enough to say it under false pretenses.
4 ( ANI ): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday said the ministry has written to the Ugandan High Commission regarding a complaint filed by three Ugandan women with the police indicating that they were allegedly brought to India under false pretenses.
In most cases they contain links to fake login pages, which then ask under false pretenses for confidential customer data.
Okada also filed an amended counterclaim in which he accuses Wynn, General Counsel Kimmarie Sinatra and individual board members of committing "a series of predicate acts of racketeering, which include fraud, acquiring property under false pretenses, acquiring signatures under false pretenses and other similar wrongful activities.
And last week it emerged that Demontagnac has also mastered the art of getting money under false pretenses a long time after the payments should have stopped.
He not only will have held up the Angels for a salary comparable to those of slightly more accomplished free agents Nomar Garciaparra, Juan Pierre, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas; he will have held up his new team and its confounding GM under false pretenses, his inexplicable improvement in 2006 suddenly quite explicable as a one-time surge powered by the juice.
Paul, one of only six Republicans in the House to vote against the 2002 Iraq war resolution, recently observed on the House floor that "preemptive, undeclared wars fought under false pretenses are a road to disaster.
Even more recently, heated debate broke out on Wharton's official MBA blog over the accusation that an international student in its 2007 MBA class had gotten into the program under false pretenses.
Mesa came to Hawaii under false pretenses, making false promises," Aloha CEO and President David Banmiller contended.
Your reports and columns are a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stench filled gutter press reporting of the Scottish game, seen through Green tinted specs by the majority who masquerade under false pretenses as "Journalists".
As Germany prepares to host soccer's World Cup, the German sex trade is getting ready with new large-scale brothels and is expected to lure women from Eastern European and Third World countries under false pretenses, reports www.
The former Marsh managers are accused of colluding with insurance executives to arrange noncompetitive bids and then conveying these bids to clients under false pretenses.
Never--and I say never--try to trick prospects into opening an envelope under false pretenses.
The court found that the university was within its rights because Fenje obtained the job under false pretenses.