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English definition of “window dressing”

window dressing

noun [U] uk   us  

window dressing noun [U] (SHOPS)

the skill of decorating shop windows and arranging goods in them so that they look attractive to people going pastDecorating or making something attractiveParts of shops, shop fittings and retail activities

window dressing noun [U] (DECEIVING)

disapproving things that are of no real importance and are said or done in order to make an attractive effect: Never mind the extra day's holiday, the free healthcare, and all the other window dressing in the company's offer - the point is, how much more money are we getting?Useless and futile
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