abandon/drop all pretense at

Definition of abandon/drop all pretense at

  1. :  to stop acting or appearing in a way that looks real but is false :  to stop pretending He abandoned/dropped all pretense at politeness.

Word by Word Definitions

abandonplay
  1. :  to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent

    :  to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in

    :  to withdraw from often in the face of danger or encroachment

  1. :  a thorough yielding to natural impulses

    :  enthusiasm, exuberance

dropplay
  1. :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

    :  a dose of medicine measured by drops

    :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. :  to fall in drops

    :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly

    :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

pretense
  1. :  a claim made or implied

    :  one not supported by fact

    :  mere ostentation :  pretentiousness


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