Meaning of “keep up appearances” in the English Dictionary

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"keep up appearances" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)