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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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It adorns everything from pencil cases and pyjamas to double-decker buses and airliners.
This handout picture taken on June 25, 2018 and released by West Japan Railway on June 26, 2018 shows a Shinkansen train adorned with special livery bearing popular character Hello Kitty, at the Hakata car maintenance center in Fukuoka prefecture.
New cover art adorns this reprint of Turner's set of seven short stories featuring leprechauns, a lost prince hiding under everyone's noses, and a magical painting that hides secrets to save a selkie.
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But what pleases me is the sheer class that adorns the English game.
The flowers will frame the familiar benches and the modern sculpture that 'already adorns the mall in front of OPUS.
The Pope sees the crucifix as a source of consolation and a symbol of the "civilization of love." It is venerated by Christians worldwide, and adorns the walls of Italy's schools, hospitals, and courtrooms--but for how long?
Four hours after the verdict he was back at work in the pharmacy, where a ragged hole made by a shotgun blast adorns a wall to this day.
Some people decorate their office with photos, but Virginia Hunt adorns hers with a shrunken head.
By far the sexiest thing in The Brethren is the author's photo, which adorns the jacket flap.
In the July 6 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, the researchers identify CD48, which adorns the surface of mast cells, as the protein that performs that binding.
So Gette adorns breasts and thighs with it, in voluptuous ochres and fleshy pinks, this time showing the young woman in all her beauty.
African American jewelry designer and manufacturer Chris Aire adorns the likes of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Tom Arnold, Gary Payton, and Will Smith in classic and avant-garde gold and platinum designs.
However, anyone still looking to Sol for some constancy may be pleased by new findings indicating that a rigid, regular landscape adorns the boiling surface of Earth's star.
The interior of a Shinkansen train adorned with images of popular character Hello Kitty in Japan.