Potemkin village

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Potemkin village

n.
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.]
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Noun1.Potemkin village - something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance
fake, sham, postiche - something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
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Translations
Potemkinsches Dorf
potemkindorp
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