false colours


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false colours

pl n
1. (Military) a flag to which one is not entitled, flown esp in order to deceive: the ship was sailing under false colours.
2. an assumed or misleading name or guise: to trade under false colours.
References in classic literature ?
You sail under false colours from beginning to end,' he said.
That's how it always is with these Schilleresque noble hearts; till the last moment every goose is a swan with them, till the last moment, they hope for the best and will see nothing wrong, and although they have an inkling of the other side of the picture, yet they won't face the truth till they are forced to; the very thought of it makes them shiver; they thrust the truth away with both hands, until the man they deck out in false colours puts a fool's cap on them with his own hands.
False hair, false colour, false calves, false muscles--they had become different beings.
He can't be named but got himself smuggled here in 2003, claimed asylum under false colours, was told to return to Africa.
3 megapixel APSA[degrees]C size XA[degrees]Trans CMOS II sensor with original colour array to control moire and false colours without an optiA[degrees] cal low path filter.
Its unique colour filter array can effectively minimise moire and false colours without the need for an optical low pass filter.
The leader of the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature Lars Haltbrekke, on the contrary, considers that the oil industry is sailing under false colours when launching the initiative for gathering more knowledge.
The latter hid themselves away in local and national politics under false colours to spread their doctrines, which in reality restrict civil liberties.
I fear Mr Blair has been sailing under false colours for too long to change his policies in 2004.
But if Hinckley's Ex-Servicemen's Club's investigation reveals Mr Day is marching under false colours, he'll face a pounds 1,000 fine.