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pretend (that) black is white

To say, believe, or act like what's true is the opposite of the real situation. The government can't keep pretending black is white, or else we're going to head into the same economic difficulty we were in 10 years ago. The president could pretend that black is white, and he would still have people lining up to say that he is right.
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pretend to (something)

To feign or claim to have some quality, skill, or characteristic. Jonathan pretends to the palate of a connoisseur, but really he's just pretentious. I like to write, but couldn't pretend to the kind of talent she has.
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pretend to something

to claim to have a skill or quality. I can hardly pretend to the artistry that Wally has, but I can play the piano a bit. I can't pretend to that level of skill.
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How can we explain the atypical behaviours in social pretend play we observed in our study?
Just normal clothes--that way I can pretend I'm someone else without changing.
Since pretend buyers might require the money in the short term, they shouldn't go for volatile options such as stocks and equity funds.
This resulted in such a sharp display of musicianship and understanding for lyrics and harmony there curtly followed an electric storm where, in proper '80s movie style, his pretend orchestra came to life.
Pretend, just as an exercise, that this fantasy really happened, and that a bunch of cell-phone-wielding kids elected John Kerry last November.
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But we are not in agreement on these issues, and it would be silly to pretend otherwise.
Mr Leedham said: "At the end of the afternoon they pretend the teacher is an invading Spaniard and pretend to kill her.
They meet in the bar and pretend they've never seen one another before.
It takes a lot of energy to pretend, and it takes away from the energy needed to produce," she says.
This paper articulates a new perspective on passing, suggesting that the practice exceeds the race-based performance where light-skinned blacks pretend to be white, but now includes mixed race people pretending to be members of other ethnic groups or only one of their own heritage and technologically trained women pretending to be technologically deficient.
Folks can pretend all they want, everyone still knows exactly what it means when they see a Confederate-flag decal on the back window of a pickup truck.
If a person is carrying on secret online affairs with complete strangers he met in cyberspace, he will no longer be able to pretend that he was surfing for a cheap hotel in Portugal.
If I play the role of Shakespeare's Hamlet or Saint Joseph in a Nativity play, I pretend to be someone I am not; it is fantasy.