under/on the pretense of

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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.

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“Under/on the pretense of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%2Fon%20the%20pretense%20of. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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