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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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'Neither can the alleged act of 'giving instructions' to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines be deemed as a 'pretense.' Being the President, Commander-in Chief, and leader of the country's police forces, Mr.
Watterson was found guilty Wednesday on the charges of larceny over $250 and larceny over $250 by false pretenses. Sentencing will be at a later date.
In its decision, the court focused on the policy's forgery and alteration endorsement and on the policy's false pretenses exclusion.
The front is "always artificial," is "meant for the world's eyes," and offers "a veil and a concealment" while the rear holds the "realities." In short, the front is "show and humbug." Here is McDougall's dominant theme of "pretense."
The only possible pretense he brings to the story is as a fisherman good enough to own his own boat.
It is of little importance whether it was larceny, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, swindling or other wrongful deprivations of the property of another.
The dealership has now presented a claim under the false pretense coverage, endorsement, saying that it parted with a covered auto due to "trick, scheme, or under false pretenses.
Grimmins 1998 is far less forthcoming, at one point even suggesting that "our access to certain modes of presentation comes from our capacities to participate in pretenses of just this kind" (26).
'A major scandal was largely ignored and an election was held under false pretenses," Liebovich concludes.
The saga relates the heartbreak of keeping secrets, personal ambition as a result of destitution and denial, and the consequences of false pretenses. Bruder and Charlotte Moss, Linda's childhood friend, narrate it.
What it boils down to is we published an article under false pretenses from the person who submitted it, for that we apologize.
"The quilting tradition in America has produced a heritage of brilliant artistic accomplishment that is unencumbered with the pretenses of high art.
"My job is to make it attractive to people but not to lure them in under false pretenses," he says.
In "Enemies," the pain of loss reads poignantly at the final moment in the faces of de la Pena, the cuckolded lover, and Felix Blaska, his doctor, who's been summoned on false pretenses away from mourning his baby's death.