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window dressing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwindow dressingˈwindow ˌdressing noun [uncountable]  1 HIDE/NOT SHOWsomething that is intended to make people like your plans or activities, and to stop them seeing the true situation – used to show disapproval All these glossy pamphlets are just window dressing – the fact is that the new mall will ruin the neighborhood.2 SHOP/STOREARRANGE A GROUP OF THINGS OR PEOPLEthe art of arranging goods in a shop window so that they look attractive to customers
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window dressingThe proposal seems no more than a window dressing exercise.Critics say that the organization's call to include more minorities is just window dressing.We think that a couple of buy-outs will be allowed to succeed as a form of window dressing.It is probably patronising to say that in both cases the window dressing is up to Kensington standards, but it is.Hence the unmarked grave; still part of the window dressing.Granted some of the images are a little sanitised, but the good intentions can be clearly read through the window dressing.
From Longman Business Dictionarywindow dressingˈwindow ˌdressing noun [uncountable]1when people try to give the public a favourable idea about something, sometimes hiding the true situationStock prices benefited from window dressing by some money managers anxious to present good reports to clients.2the art of arranging goods in a shop window so that they look attractive to customerswindow dresser noun [countable]Window dressers have created strong demand for the stock.
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