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tinsel

noun [U] uk   /ˈtɪn.səl/ us  
long pieces of thin, shiny material used as decoration, especially at Christmas: a Christmas tree decorated with tinsel disapproving something, especially the entertainment business or someone's way of living, that seems exciting and attractive, but is really of low quality or value: The show was all tinsel and glitter.
tinselly
adjective uk   /-i/ us  
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