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English definition of “keep up appearances”

keep up appearances

to pretend to be happier, less poor, etc. than you really are, because you do not want people to know how bad your situation is: They were very unhappily married but kept up appearances for the sake of their children.
(Definition of keep up appearances from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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