disguise as

disguise (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To cause someone or something to look or seem like someone or something else. Unless you plan to disguise yourself as a potted plant, there's no way you'll be able to sit in on that meeting. I think that statement was just anger disguised as sarcasm.
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disguise someone or something as someone or something

to dress or make someone up to appear to be someone or something. We disguised the child as a witch. We disguised Gerald as a pumpkin.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Cartwright had come down with me, and in his disguise as a country boy he was of great assistance to me.
For this purpose he assumed the character of a man and visited in this disguise a Sculptor's studio having looked at various statues, he demanded the price of two figures of Jupiter and Juno.
Joseph upon first meeting Amos, knows immediately that Turnbuckle is not a preacher, however, Washington does see the Lord working through Amos in his disguise as a preacher.
"I have to say I love snowboarding - it's great because you're in disguise as you're enjoying yourself.
(1) Freeburg's definition is a straightforward one, but perhaps his approach to the plays was too simple because he saw disguise as little more than a device to generate plot.
There are attendant benefits as well for "scholars" in this pastoral Symposium of love: Servais Kevorkian points out the advantage for a character like Celadon to have the opportunity to learn femininity by experiencing it and to learn of sexuality by playing an opposite role.(36) So Celadon twice "becomes" a woman in order to be near his beloved Astree (as "Orithie"(37) and later in the long-standing disguise as "Alexis"); Melandre disguises herself as a man to protect her beloved Lydias;(38) other examples of transsexual disguise for the furtherance of the interests of love are plenty.
"Note the narrator's participation in the game with the use of feminine pronouns to refer to Celadon in his disguise as the young woman Alexis.
Such viewing audiences might consider Ellen's mannish disguise as mere proof of the assumption that all African women occupy an intrinsically attenuated, oppositional relationship with the classification "woman."
Such Vor-stellen(25) (implicating the realization of world-as-image as at the disposal of a human agency) privileges the uses of disguise as a strategy of closure.