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as though

Similar to, likened to, or fashioned after something like it were the truth. So many bad things happened all at once, it's as though life itself were against me. He acts as though he's some famous author, though really he's only ever published a single short story.
See also: though

make as though

To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. Mark's boyfriend always makes as though he cares deeply about other people's problems, but he's never willing to actually help. Samantha's been making as though she's writing the next great American novel, but it's just some trashy thriller.
See also: make, though

as if

1. Like. I have such a terrible headache—I feel as if my head is going to explode. I did tell her that I wouldn't be home for dinner tonight. It's as if she doesn't listen to me at all!
2. An interjection indicating complete dismissal of what has been said or suggested, implying that it is not the case or would never happen. A: "Tim thinks he's going to go to the prom with you." B: "As if! I'd rather go by myself."
See also: if

make as if

To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. Mark always makes as if he cares deeply about other people's problems, but he's never willing to actually help. Samantha's been making as if she's writing the next great American novel, but it's just some trashy thriller.
See also: if, make

even though

In spite of (something). Even though it snowed, we still had a great time at the party.
See also: even, though

for all the world as if (someone or something)

Exactly; in every way. Wow, you look for all the world as if you did something wrong—why the guilty face?
See also: all, if, world

for all the world as though (someone or something)

Exactly; in every way. Wow, you look for all the world as though you did something wrong—why the guilty face?
See also: all, though, world

it isn't as though

It isn't true or correct that; it is not the case that. Usually used to point out a misinterpretation or misperception. I'm just holding onto the funds until the company's new bank is set up—it isn't as though I'm going to keep them for myself! It's not as though she couldn't handle the work herself, she's just being lazy!
See also: though

look as though (one) has seen a ghost

To look terrified, shocked, or pale from fright. What's wrong, Daniel? You look as though you've seen a ghost! The test was so nerve-racking that I came away looking as though I had seen a ghost.
See also: ghost, look, seen, though

as if

Also, as though. As it would be, as in He decided to accept, as if it really mattered, or John scowled as though he were really angry. The first idiom dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the late 1700s. Also see make as if.
See also: if

make as if

Also, make as though; make like. Behave as if, pretend that. For example, Jean made as if she really liked the soup, or Dad made as though he had not heard them, or She makes like she's a really important person. The first two usages date from the early 1500s; the third, a colloquialism, dates from the late 1800s.
See also: if, make

do something like it's going out of style

or

do something as though it's going out of style

If you do something like it's going out of style or as though it's going out of style, you do it a lot and with great energy. My grandkids eat this dish like it's going out of style. These footballers have been spending money as though it was going out of style.
See also: going, like, of, out, something, style

as ˈif

(spoken) used to express anger at or disapproval of a suggestion, an explanation, etc., or to deny a possibility: As if I really cared!‘Don’t tell Tom I said that, will you?’ ‘Oh, as if (I would)!’
See also: if

as if/as though

in a way that suggests something: He behaved as if nothing had happened.It sounds as though you had a good time.
See also: if, though

it isn’t as if/as though

,

it’s not as if/as though

used to show that a particular explanation for something is not the correct one: It isn’t as if he didn’t recognize me! He just walked straight past me as I stood there.
See also: if, though

even if/though

in spite of the fact or belief that; no matter whether: I’ll get there, even if I have to walk.I like her, even though she can be annoying at times.
See also: even, if, though

ˈmuch as/though

although: Much as I’d like to stay, I really must leave now.He agreed, much though he disliked the idea of selling the business.
See also: much, though

for all the ˈworld as if/though...

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for all the ˈworld like somebody/something

(written) exactly as if...; exactly like somebody/something: She stood up and shouted at him, then sat down and went on with her work for all the world as if nothing had happened.
See also: all, if, world
References in classic literature ?
The scout regarded Heyward in surprise, and then lifting his cap, he answered, in a tone less confident than before-- though still expressing doubt.
Behind these, the runner leaned against a tree, where he stood the close examination of the scout with an air unmoved, though with a look so dark and savage, that it might in itself excite fear.
and by the means of this continual though gentle vent, was able not only to see the Miss Dashwoods from the first without the smallest emotion, but very soon to see them without recollecting a word of the matter; and having thus supported the dignity of her own sex, and spoken her decided censure of what was wrong in the other, she thought herself at liberty to attend to the interest of her own assemblies, and therefore determined (though rather against the opinion of Sir John) that as Mrs.
I was almost sure you would not leave London yet awhile; though you TOLD me, you know, at Barton, that you should not stay above a MONTH.
The first had been delivered over the knuckles, and though 'twas a glancing stroke it well nigh broke Robin's fingers, so that he could not easily raise his staff again.
All this while the stranger had been eyeing Robin attentively and listening to his voice as though striving to recall it.
And as we kept always together, so we grew very intimate, yet he never knew that I was not a man, nay, though I several times went home with him to his lodgings, according as our business directed, and four or five times lay with him all night.
Through the window of the warehouse we saw, lying on the counter or showboard, which was just before it, five pieces of silks, besides other stuffs, and though it was almost dark, yet the people, being busy in the fore-shop with customers, had not had time to shut up those windows, or else had forgot it.
Perhaps these have creased it, for you find some of their cases in the furrows, though they are deep and broad for them to make.
After soaking two years and then lying high six months it was perfectly sound, though waterlogged past drying.
She had, however, somewhat better success with Mrs Blifil, who was, as the reader must have perceived, a much better-tempered woman, and very kindly undertook to solicit her brother to restore the annuity; in which, though good-nature might have some share, yet a stronger and more natural motive will appear in the next chapter.
These solicitations were nevertheless unsuccessful: for though Mr Allworthy did not think, with some late writers, that mercy consists only in punishing offenders; yet he was as far from thinking that it is proper to this excellent quality to pardon great criminals wantonly, without any reason whatever.
Forthwith from every Squadron and each Band The Heads and Leaders thither hast where stood Their great Commander; Godlike shapes and forms Excelling human, Princely Dignities, And Powers that earst in Heaven sat on Thrones; Though of their Names in heav'nly Records now Be no memorial, blotted out and ras'd By thir Rebellion, from the Books of Life.
A deeper shade of hauteur overspread his features, but he said not a word, and Elizabeth, though blaming herself for her own weakness, could not go on.
Simonov's other visitor, Trudolyubov, was a person in no way remarkable--a tall young fellow, in the army, with a cold face, fairly honest, though he worshipped success of every sort, and was only capable of thinking of promotion.