keep up appearances

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Definition of keep up appearances

: to hide something bad by pretending that nothing is wrong Although we were getting a divorce, my parents thought it was important to keep up appearances.

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“Keep up appearances.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20up%20appearances. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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