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under false pretenses

With a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here under false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings under false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
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by false pretenses

By or under a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here by false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings by false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: by, false, pretense

on false pretenses

By or under a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here on false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings on false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: false, on, pretense
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Maureen Orth, on the other hand, is a writer with definite pretenses to journalistic objectivity.
In Close's images, any pretense to civic virtue and dynastic legitimacy--important qualities of 19th-century American portraiture--has been drained away.
But the defense of the lawyers was that Aquino allowing Purisima to join the meeting 'was not, by itself, a pretense or a false misrepresentation as Purisima was lawfully entitled to act as PNP chief at that time.
Children's Play, Pretense, and Story: Studies in Culture, Context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
It explored whether the assertions of theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson regarding the facilitative effect of games with rules and pretense on moral development could be supported in a retrospective longitudinal study.
CDATA[ When it comes to Israel, even academics, people who have chosen as their lifeas work scholarly discussion and open inquiry, are perfectly willing to vitiate what the academy is supposed to represent and abandon even the pretense of honest debate.
To deal with the challenges Putnam presents, we will introduce the basics of our pretense account of truth-talk, supplement it with our pretense account of proposition-talk (specifically, as it operates in meaning attributions), and explain how this combination resolves the tensions we find in Sellars's views while avoiding the further problem we think he faces.
PNN On Sunday 26th May, Israeli Occupation Forces razed Palestinian-owned land in Hebron and Nablus under the false pretense of "searching for ruins".
Voluntary parting with any property by you or anyone else to whom you have entrusted the property if induced to do so by any fraudulent scheme, trick, device or false pretense.
Imaginative representations are crucial to the generation of action both pretense and plain action.
To be precise and consistent, the term pretense is used here to refer to only and all nonliteral play behaviors.