done by mirrors
(all) done by mirrors
Done using trickery, deception, or misdirection. Before computer generated effects, fantastic, unbelievable things in movies were all done by mirrors. The military operation was completely unseen, completely unnoticed by anybody, as if it were done by mirrors. The company's CEO managed to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars, and it was all done by mirrors so that no one would notice the disappearance of the money until it was too late.
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done by mirrorsand done with mirrors
mod. illusory; accomplished in a way that is purposefully deceptive. He’s not really smart. It’s all done by mirrors. The whole budgetary process is done with mirrors.
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