Potemkin village


Po·tem·kin village

noun \pə-ˈtem(p)-kən-\

Definition of POTEMKIN VILLAGE

:  an impressive facade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition

Origin of POTEMKIN VILLAGE

Grigori Potëmkin, who supposedly built impressive fake villages along a route Catherine the Great was to travel
First Known Use: 1937

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