pretext

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From French prétexte, from Latin praetextum ‎(an ornament, etc., wrought in front, a pretense), neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere ‎(to weave before, fringe or border, allege).

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pretext ‎(plural pretexts)

  1. A false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason; a pretense.
    The reporter called the company on the pretext of trying to resolve a consumer complaint.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      When that metaphor proves untenable, he switches to insisting that women are like beer but that’s mainly as a pretext to drink until he passes out in a father-son bonding haze.

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pretext ‎(third-person singular simple present pretexts, present participle pretexting, simple past and past participle pretexted)

  1. To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.
    The spy obtained his phone records using possibly-illegal pretexting methods.

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