Potemkin village(redirected from Potemkin villages)
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Something that appears elaborate and impressive but in actual fact lacks substance: "the Potemkin village of this country's borrowed prosperity" (Lewis H. Lapham).
[After Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkinwho is said to have had elaborate fake villages constructed for Catherine the Great's tours of Ukraine and Crimea.]