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pretext

noun [C]  /ˈpri·tekst/ us  
a pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason: He called her on the pretext of needing help with his homework.
(Definition of pretext from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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