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window dressingnoun [U]

us   /ˈwɪn·doʊ ˌdres·ɪŋ/
disapproving a person or thing that is used to make an activity appear more important or attractive than it really is
(Definition of window dressing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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window dressingnoun [U]

uk   us  
COMMERCE the art of displaying goods in a store window to attract customers: The designers are skilled in everything from stitching to window dressing.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET in the management of investorsportfolios (= collections of shares), the activity, towards the end of a financial period, of selling shares that have fallen and buying ones that have risen so the portfolio looks better than it really is: Portfolio managers continued to buy popular stocks as part of their end-of-quarter window dressing.
the act of making something look more attractive than it really is, especially when you are hiding negative facts or details: The insurance industry's voluntary code of practice has been criticized as mere window dressing rather than serious self-regulation.
window dresser
noun [C]
Window dressers must think of the best way to attract the target audience.
(Definition of window dressing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “window dressing”
in Chinese (Simplified) 商店, 商店橱窗装饰艺术, 橱窗设计艺术…
in Chinese (Traditional) 商店, 商店櫥窗裝飾藝術, 櫥窗設計藝術…
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