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window dressing

1. literal A decorative display in a window, typically the window of a store. When my mom and I go shopping at Christmastime, we always check out all the pretty holiday window dressings!
2. figurative Something that makes a person or thing look or seem better than it really is. To me, this new policy seems like window dressing to woo new employees. You say that you've changed, but how do I know it's not just window dressing to make you seem like less of a jerk?
See also: dressing, window
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The key players in the Global Window Dressing Market are GRABER, Hunter Douglas, Kathy Ireland Home by Alta and Newell Rubbermaid while other prominent vendors include BAUHAUS, Bunnings, Carrefour, Homebase, Home Depot, IKEA, Kingfisher, KOMERI, Leggett & Platt, Leroy Merlin, Lowe's, Menard, OBI, RONA and Walmart
Index funds do not confront issues of window dressing and will always possess the components of the index they track, or they will follow a sampling method--owning a portion of the constituents to track their respective index--and must only address any tracking errors to their underlying index.
The three former executives are suspected of playing a central role in the window dressing under the new set-up.
Many homeowners choose their curtains according to the colour theme in the room but why not decorate the home around the window dressing.
THE ART OF DRESSING WINDOWS: CCAD student Duane Hurn, left, who was chosen to turn his artistic talents to window dressing, with shop manager Anna Blackwell Picture by PETER REIMANN
An awful lot of people in the region are working hard to turn its fortunes around, but some of their efforts are clearly no more than window dressing.
A House Couturier have blinds in leather and faux alligator and crocodile - perfect for sophisticated exotic window dressing.
Monmouth retailers are supporting this year's festival by taking part in a window dressing competition.
The ensemble sings here as well (in ``Movin' Out,'' all the songs were sung by a single performer), but, skilled as these performers clearly are, Tharp is using them as little more than window dressing.
Volunteers for the new Sacriston shop should be prepared to give three hours a week to help with sorting donated goods, serving customers, steaming clothes and window dressing.
There was also a jazz-themed window dressing competition for the town's shops.
There are so many beautiful songs that have great depth, and the videos that come out with them have choreography that's just window dressing.
It relies on neither retro appeal (Earth to Stevie Nicks) nor on MTV-friendly window dressing (paging Michael Jackson).
Expo Flora has previously been involved in television and film set dressing, including the Teletubbies, Keeping up Appearances, and Dalziel and Pascoe, plus water features at film premieres and window dressing at Harrods.