sailing under false colors

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sailing under false colors

  1. (obsolete, nautical) The act of deception, or to intentionally mystify.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Annie Thomas, "False Colours":
      They were all not exactly sailing under false colours, but deceiving themselves as to their motives--and one another, to a lesser degree, by their actions.

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