keep up appearances Meaning in Cambridge English Dictionary
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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.
Translations of “keep up appearances”
in Chinese (Traditional) 維持門面,保持體面, 保持常態…
in Chinese (Simplified) 维持门面,保持体面, 保持常态…
(Definition of keep up appearances from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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