on one pretext or another

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on one pretext or another

:using various reasons to hide the real reason for doing something
  • She always managed to visit him on one pretext or another.

Word by Word Definitions

pretext play
  1. : a purpose or motive alleged or an appearance assumed in order to cloak the real intention or state of affairs

another play
  1. : different or distinct from the one first considered

  2. : some other

  3. : being one more in addition to one or more of the same kind

  1. : an additional one of the same kind : one more

  2. : one that is different from the first or present one

  3. : one of a group of unspecified or indefinite things


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