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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpretextpre‧text /ˈpriːtekst/ noun [countable]  REASONa false reason given for an action, in order to hide the real reasonpretext for The incident provided the pretext for war.on/under the pretext of doing something Tom called at her apartment on the pretext of asking for a book.on/under the pretext that He left immediately on the pretext that he had a train to catch. He’ll phone on some pretext or other.see thesaurus at reason
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pretextMinor offences were sometimes used as a pretext for an arrest.She couldn't find a pretext to visit Derek at home.Every adverse employment decision is a pretext for litigation.He can't recall the man's story but clearly it was a pretext for his accomplice to search the house.His sore leg was a pretext. He just wanted a day off work.The boy was simply a beggar: his bundle of newspapers was a pretext, and we called him the Newspaper Boy.What bothers us more is the seeming predisposition of the federal courts to strike down term-limit laws on just about any pretext.One pretext disposed of, McClellan found another.He could of course simply walk out on some pretext - visiting a friend.He used to spend hours at her house on the pretext of giving her Japanese lessons.I lingered, on the pretext of finishing half a glass of champagne.People were moving more slowly and nonchalantly, without the pretext of a destination or purpose.on some pretextHe could of course simply walk out on some pretext - visiting a friend.He would have Christmas Day off and he would surely call at the vicarage on some pretext or other.
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