Meaning of “pretext” in the English Dictionary

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"pretext" in British English

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pretextnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpriː.tekst/ us /ˈpriː.tekst/

a pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason:

The border dispute was used as a pretext for military intervention.
I called her on the pretext of needing more information.
He came round to see her on some flimsy (= obviously false) pretext.

(Definition of “pretext” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pretext" in American English

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pretextnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpri·tekst/

a pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason:

He called her on the pretext of needing help with his homework.

(Definition of “pretext” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)