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Meaning of “keep up appearances” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​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…
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