window dressing

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window dressing (usually uncountable, plural window dressings)

  1. The decorative display of retail merchandise in store windows
  2. The goods and trimmings used in such display
  3. (idiomatic, uncountable) A means of creating a deceptively favourable impression of something or someone; something for appearance only.
    These latest modifications are mere window dressing, the same problems remain.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, Guardian:
      Meanwhile, the left is deliberately running more ethnically diverse candidates in the parliamentary elections next year, claiming Sarkozy's one-time "rainbow" cabinet of racially diverse women had turned out to be window dressing.

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