under false pretenses

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

false play
  1. : not genuine

  2. : intentionally untrue

  3. : adjusted or made so as to deceive

  1. : in a false or faithless manner : treacherously

pretense play pretenses
  1. : a claim made or implied

  2. : mere ostentation : pretentiousness

  3. : a pretentious act or assertion


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