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pretext

noun [C]     /ˈpriː.tekst/
a pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason: The border dispute was used as a pretext for military intervention. I called her on the pretext of needing more information. He came round to see her on some flimsy (= obviously false) pretext.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and trickingCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
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