masquerade as (someone or something)

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masquerade as (someone or something)

1. Literally, to disguise oneself as someone or something; to dress in apparel meant to look like someone or something else. I love seeing all the kids on Halloween masquerading as ghouls, goblins, and cartoon characters.
2. To pretend to be someone or something that one is not; to posture as someone or something. It's clear now that the candidate has just been masquerading as a common, working-class citizen to gain more votes across the county. She masqueraded as a legitimate journalist before it was discovered that she had plagiarized most of her work.
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masquerade as someone or something

to appear disguised as someone or something; to pretend to be someone or something. We decided to masquerade as ghosts for the party. Mr. Wilson, who is a bit overweight, masqueraded as Cinderella's coach.
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figure By ERIC MATARA A Nakuru court will today determine whether Joshua Karianjahi Waiganjo, the man accused of masquerading as a senior police officer and three others, have a case to answer.Mr Waiganjo masqueraded as an Assistant Police Commissioner for more than five years before he was discovered.
class="MsoNormalMr M'Mbijiwe and Mr Ngugi have denied abuse of office charges for protecting Mr Waiganjo who masqueraded as a senior police officer for years.