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strike a false note
To indicate or give the impression that something is wrong, disingenuous, or deceitful. I know she apologized, but it struck a false note with me—I don't believe she meant what she said.
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sound/strike a false ˈnoteseem wrong, not appropriate, etc. in a certain situation: I really thought his speech at the conference struck a false note. Instead of saying how serious the housing situation was, he was telling jokes about it.
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