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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Considering the common perception of Yoruba masquerades as a heavily male-dominated sphere of social life, Willis's attention to the central role of female actors is particularly commendable and represents the book's most obvious potential for influencing scholarship outside the specialized field of Yoruba studies.
Anybody who masquerades as the party official should not blame us if they find will find themselves in a hot soup,' he said.
Along with these investigations, he also considers such masquerades as horse figures, clowns, Mother Hubbards in St.
This point is important because the questions observers ask shape the responses people offer in return, and observers who in the past have approached masquerades as expressions of particular cultural or ethnic group identities may have unwittingly embedded the assumption into their questions or their analyses of the answers they received.
(2013) 'Masquerades as the public face: art of contemporary hunters' associations in western Burkina Faso', African Arts 46 (4): 46-59.