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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!
See also: false, pretense

by/on/under false preˈtences

(British English) (American English by/on/under false ˈpretenses) by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, etc: She was sent to prison for six months for obtaining money under false pretences.He got me there under false pretences. He told me he wanted to discuss a business deal, but when I got there, it was a surprise birthday party.
See also: by, false, on, pretence
References in classic literature ?
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
He as good as told him that he'd come out under false pretences, that the whole affair was a swindle and that the road could not be made.
How was I to know that it was obtaining money under false pretences? It simply seemed to me a darned good way of collecting a few dollars.
Can you with honour be guilty of having under false pretences deceived a young woman and her family, and of having by these means treacherously robbed her of her innocence?
The police charged Fatai Lasisi, 30; Saheed Adebayo, 39; Olusegun Oladosu, 29 and Gbolahan Akinyetan, 28, with conspiracy, obtaining goods under false pretences and theft.
Larnaca municipal secretary, LefterisEmpedocles, 57, was found guilty on Friday of theft, obtaining money under false pretences and money laundering after taking e1/435,000 from a businessman to sort out building code infractions.
Benson reported that "he had been defrauded off Sh200,000 by Kevin Bahati Kioko under false pretences that he would get a premises under which they would both operate a business".
This morning also we have received a communication from the Delhi Government indicating that three Ugandan women, who had come to India on January 17, have requested that they be sent back to Uganda because they were lured to India under false pretences," he said.
However, when the booking was(http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Spanking-and-bondage-day-at-village-hall-in-Cambridge-scrapped-by-red-faced-officials-20130925134718.htm) revealed by Cambridge News , trustees at the 105-year-old hall cancelled the event, saying it had been hired under false pretences.
US banking giant Chase claim Mr Drumm obtained credit from them under false pretences or actual fraud.
WALSALL chief executive Roy Whalley has hit out at Portsmouth, claiming that the troubled Premiership club won the FA Cup in 2008 "under false pretences".
The city board are no better than MPs, their behaviour nothing short of taking supporters' money under false pretences.
He told peers: "If, like Lord Laid-law, you give cast iron undertakings to the House of Lords Appointments Commission that you will immediately become resident for tax purpose in this country in order to get a peerage and then flagrantly dishonour them you have simply obtained a peerage under false pretences.
If this was a business it would collapse, or all would be sacked for taking money under false pretences.
The other Welsh teams in the Celtic League use the term 'regional' under false pretences as they are no more than stand-alone clubs.