keep up appearances Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “keep up appearances” in the English Dictionary

"keep up appearances" in British English

See all translations

keep up appearances

to ​pretend to be ​happier, less ​poor, etc. than you really are, because you do not ​wantpeople to ​know how ​badyoursituation is: They were very ​unhappilymarried but ​kept up ​appearances for the ​sake of ​theirchildren.
(Definition of keep up appearances from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “keep up appearances”
in Chinese (Simplified) 维持门面,保持体面, 保持常态…
in Chinese (Traditional) 維持門面,保持體面, 保持常態…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More