under false pretenses

idiom

Definition of under false pretenses

: by saying something that is not true, by pretending something, etc. A reporter obtained documents from the company under false pretenses.

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“Under false pretenses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20false%20pretenses. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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