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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.
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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…
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