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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.
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."
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.
In spite of (something). Even though it rained, we still had a great time at the parade.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
do something like it's going out of styleor
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.