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Examples of bogus in a Sentence
It was just a bogus claim.
The evidence was completely bogus.
Recent Examples of bogus from the Web
In some cases, the sales representatives padded the number of attendees to reduce the charge per person and made little effort to conceal that names were bogus.
The money would then be wire transferred to Mexican bank accounts for bogus Mexican companies, which were actually businesses controlled by the organization.
Organizers of the festival, which runs from March 9-16, also have issued warnings of people selling bogus tickets for the free events.
So claims that Trump’s policies will either create or destroy jobs on net are bogus.
On or about February 27, 2018, Mr. Trump's attorney Mr. Cohen surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles.
Usually, Gurley said, the suspect is buying the prepaid cards with a bogus credit card.
Gui’s overseas friends and family, including his daughter Angela, say that the charges were bogus and that Gui was keen to leave China for Europe.
Forgery, Great Northern Mall: An employee of the Sprint kiosk called police Jan. 23 to report a woman was attempting to purchase four iPhone Xs using an apparently bogus identification card.
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bogus Has a Long History
You may know bogus as a slang word meaning "uncool" or simply "no good," but did you know that bogus has actually been a part of English since the early 1800s? Not only was the word coined then, it was actually doing some coining of its own, so to speak. Back then, a bogus was a machine used to make counterfeit coins. No one knows for sure how this coin-copying contraption got its name, but before long bogus had also become a popular noun for funny money itself or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more general "phony" adjective began being used about the same time.
Origin and Etymology of bogus
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
BOGUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bogus for English Language Learners
: not real or genuine : fake or false
BOGUS Defined for Kids
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