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adorn (oneself) with borrowed plumes

To make a showy display of something that is not truly one's own. I know you lied to me earlier about your involvement in this fair, so quit adorning yourself with borrowed plumes and tell me what you actually contributed.
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adorn (someone or something) with (something)

To embellish or decorate someone or something with some kind of decoration. We always adorn our tree with lights, ornaments, and tinsel on Christmas Eve. She adorned herself with expensive jewelry before going to the cocktail party.
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adorn someone or something with something

to decorate or ornament someone or something with something. They adorned the room with garlands of flowers.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The biggest triple-sided window at the corner of Oxford Street has 10 Pearly Kings and Queens-inspired Father Christmases adorned with almost 120,000 pearly buttons.
The ever-popular classics are recreated in a modern but timeless guise, finding new life in this exclusive line featuring three elegant necklaces, a chic bar bracelet and ring, all in the trademark combination of 18kt gold and sterling silver adorned with pearls, garnets, and lolites.
You can even add a festive touch outside, a few well-placed outdoor decorations will create a welcoming feel, with a beautiful, berry-filled or poinsettia flower adorned wreath on the door, a 'Santa stop here' sign and maybe a simple light-up reindeer.
Similarly, other areas of the city are also getting a makeover with several streets getting adorned with the national flags.
For your tree there's a raft of choice from delicate glass baubles adorned with gems, to traditional Santas, pinecones sprinkled with glitter or 'snow,' to sprigs of holly along, with handmade decorations.
the same cross adorned by the bloody man hung above the pews.
Their sense of fashion is pure, with crisp lines and soft fabric that is sometimes adorned with crystals and pearls, made of ice that is mined in the depths of the ice caves.
ASTANA (CyHAN)- The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket, adorned with the logo of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee and other related artwork, is rolled out to the launch pad by train on Tuesday, Nov.
And following on yesterday was a more modest cart, adorned with floral tributes and led by Jimmy - a pony from Lazenby.
Each set was handcrafted and adorned with silkscreened glitter, according to the company.
Summary: Makkah, Shawwal 02, 1431/Sept 11, 2010, SPA-- On the occasion of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, the Holy City of Makkah Al-Mukarramah has been adorned with more than 800 light projectors fed by a network of electricity cables of 15,000 meters long as well as cables of decorations of 50,000 meters long....
A crop of equally as clever contained offspring focusing on formulas for babies and toddlers ($7.99-$12.99)--and featuring adorable baby carrots partaking in the cleansing activities afforded by each product (for example, the 100% natural sunscreen is adorned with a baby carrot sporting sunglasses).
Summary: Brightly-coloured feathers adorned a "striking" dinosaur that resembled an exotic chicken, scientists have determined.
CROCHET ADORNED: REINVENT YOUR WARDROBE WITH CROCHETED ACCENTS, EMBELLISHMENTS AND TRIMS packs in some 20 patterns and 200 stitches to pair crochet with embellishing existing clothing.