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(one's) mask slips

One's true personality, agenda, or motivation has been revealed, which stands in contrast to what was presented to other people. Her masked slipped for just a moment, and everyone could see the contempt she really held for her audience.
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mask something out

to conceal or cover part of something from view. The trees masked the city dump out, so it could not be seen from the street. The trees masked out the dump.
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To which the mask answered, "And are you so little versed in the sex, to imagine you can well affront a lady more than by entertaining her with your passion for another woman?
This mask was one of those ladies who go to a masquerade only to vent ill-nature, by telling people rude truths, and by endeavouring, as the phrase is, to spoil as much sport as they are able.
The harlequin had reassumed her peasant's costume, and as she passed she raised her mask.
Christine simply took off her mask and said: "Dear, it is a tragedy
Christine entered, took off her mask with a weary movement and flung it on the table.
Through the slits in the grotesque mask she could see his eyes upon her and she guessed the sardonic smile that the mask hid.
They saw him raise his hand and snatch off the golden mask, and Tara of Helium in wide-eyed incredulity looked up into the face of Turan the panthan.
Since ancient times it has been believed that the Hahoe masks have spiritual powers.
THANKS to Koreans, sheet masks have changed our beauty routines forever.
Reason is, the masks are a purchase urged by tempting discounts-buy 10 masks and get 10 free.
Halloween masks do not require the hair and make up some costumes might otherwise require; some Halloween masks do not even require full-costume.
The mask business spiked after the Korean beauty invasion, but masks from such suppliers as Montagne Jeunesse have been around in for some time.
One of the easiest ways to achieve that consistency is with pre-cut adhesive tape masks.
The AIR+ Smart Mask combines two products a protective mask (the Smart Mask) that is ergonomically designed for superior fit, and the world s first attachable micro ventilator (the AIR+) that reduces the build-up of heat, moisture and carbon dioxide trapped inside protective masks after prolonged use at work.
Natural hair masks can be applied as often as you want.