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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References in classic literature ?
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.
In reading his 'Chronicle' I suffered for a time from its attribution to Fray Antonio Agapida, the pious monk whom he feigns to have written it, just as in reading 'Don Quixote' I suffered from Cervantes masquerading as the Moorish scribe, Cid Hamet Ben Engeli.
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.
Mr Waiganjo is accused of masquerading as a senior police officer.
Instruction is given that should anyone be found masquerading as the party official legal action would be taken against them,' he added.
Synopsis: For over 14 years, Philip DiMeo, a talented cartoonist and social worker, led a double life, masquerading as a fully sighted person, while becoming blind.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and compelling read, "Binoculars: Masquerading as a Sighted Person" offers a unique perspective from a man who had a tremendous personal battle with accepting a disability and ultimately succeeding to forge a life worth living.
2 : to pretend to be something different : pose <He was masquerading as a policeman.>
Or a gay Jewish seminarian and a lesbian naval officer, each masquerading as straight?
Following in the steps of such scholars as Eric Lott and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who work on whites masquerading as people of color, Marianne Torgovnick, who studies Anglos imitating Native Americans, and Michael Rogin, who analyzes Jews blacking up, Browder proves that what historically has passed for authenticity may simply be a re-inscription of stereotypical and biologistic attitudes toward racial and ethnic identity.
Called only Senor Robinson in the novel, in life he is an anthropologist masquerading as a minister.