English version

a veneer of politeness/sophistication etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha veneer of politeness/sophistication etca veneer of politeness/sophistication etcformal behaviour that hides someone’s real character or feelings A thin veneer of politeness hid Lady Bride’s growing anger. veneer
Examples from the Corpus
thin veneerBy this he means acquiring a thin veneer of knowledge to mask his corruption.Above that is a thin veneer of hard cases, who continue offending into their twenties.A thin veneer of cork is bonded of a painted backing shows through in places to create a two-colour finish.I was afraid alcohol would eat through the thin veneer of self-control.Under this thin veneer of modesty lies a monster of greed.
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