window dressing


window dressing

noun

: the act of decorating and arranging products to display in a store window

: something that is intended to make a person or thing seem better or more attractive but that does not have any real importance or effect

Full Definition of WINDOW DRESSING

1
:  the display of merchandise in a retail store window
2
a :  the act or an instance of making something appear deceptively attractive or favorable
b :  something used to create a deceptively favorable or attractive impression
win·dow–dress \ˈwin-dō-ˌdres\ transitive verb
window dresser noun

Examples of WINDOW DRESSING

  1. These changes are being made for a good reason. They're not just window dressing.
  2. <the crime-does-not-pay moralizing is just window dressing for nasty hard-boiled stories>

First Known Use of WINDOW DRESSING

1895

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