under/on the pretense of

Definition of under/on the pretense of

:using as a false reason or explanation (something that is used to hide the real purpose of something)
  • He called her under/on the pretense of asking about the homework assignment.

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

pretense play
  1. : a claim made or implied

  2. : mere ostentation : pretentiousness

  3. : a pretentious act or assertion


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