abandon/drop all pretense at

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of abandon/drop all pretense at

: 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

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

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

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

  1. : a thorough yielding to natural impulses

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

  2. : a dose of medicine measured by drops

  3. : a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. : to fall in drops

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

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

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

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

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

  2. 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

  3. : everybody, everything

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

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

pretense play
  1. : a claim made or implied

  2. : mere ostentation : pretentiousness

  3. : a pretentious act or assertion


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