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window dressing

noun

Simple Definition of window dressing

  • : 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. 1 :  the display of merchandise in a retail store window

  2. 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 play \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>



1895

First Known Use of window dressing

1895


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