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pretext

noun [C] uk   /ˈpriː.tekst/ us  
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.
Translations of “pretext”
in Spanish pretexto…
in French prétexte…
in German der Vorwand…
in Chinese (Traditional) 藉口,托詞…
in Russian предлог, отговорка…
in Turkish bahane, kulp, uyduruk neden…
in Chinese (Simplified) 借口,托词…
in Polish pretekst…
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