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pass sth off as sth

verb uk phrasal verb with pass   /pɑːs/ us    /pæs/
to pretend that something is a particular thing when it is not: The dealer was trying to pass off fakes as valuable antiques. It's hard to believe anyone would try to pass this nonsense off as literature.Fraud and corruptionFaking and pretending
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