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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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LaMonte uses the dress as a sculptural form and metaphorical symbol to examine space and art and to reinterpret the tradition of draping and adorning the human form to convey notions of prestige and wealth.
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The current custom of adorning the painting dates back to the second half of the 17th century.
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Adorning the city's harbour facade, these aerial structures that surrounded the north-eastern side of the bay provided expansive, spectacular views of ships returning from across the sea; a tradition recently reinterpreted by local architect Tomas Carranza in his design for this new and contemporary attic storey.
Coming in from the bright sunlight, a woman kneels before an altar in the dimness of the church; she has lit a small candle, and with many other small candles the light is reflected off glinting fabrics and jewels adorning the statue of the Mother of God.
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The book's six sections are "Technologies," "Shelter and Subsistence," "Transportation," "Hunting, Warfare, and Sport," "Art and Science," and "Adorning the Person." Inventions profiled include food preservation by Ice Age people some 14,000 years ago, thanks to the permafrost; stone architecture, which probably began as walls around the town of Jericho; and music, perhaps originated when a bone was turned into a wind instrument 40,000 to 60,000 years ago.
Personally supervising the welding of the steel, its means of assembly and the painting process with the same care she would exercise in her own workshop, her sculptural bridge resembles jewellery adorning the landscape, in the same way that jewellery graces and enhances the human body.