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win·dow-dress·ing

also win·dow dress·ing (wĭn′dō-drĕs′ĭng)
n.
1.
a. Decorative exhibition of retail merchandise in store windows.
b. Goods and trimmings used in such displays.
2. A means of improving appearances or creating a falsely favorable impression: "The realignment ... may be more window dressing than a substantive change in how the company does business" (Connie Guglielmo).

win′dow-dress′er n.

win′dow dress`ing


n.
1. the art, act, or technique of trimming the display windows of a store.
2. anything used or done only to create a favorable impression.
[1780–90]
win′dow dress`er, n.
win′dow-dress`, v.t. -dressed, -dress•ing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.window dressing - a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
2.window dressing - the decoration of shop windows
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
Translations

window dressing

n (Comm) → vetrinistica (fig) → fumo negli occhi
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