• Window-Dressing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v window-dress make something appear superficially attractive "The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data","Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth"
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Window dressing - If something is done to pretend to be dealing with an issue or problem, rather than actually dealing with it, it is window dressing.


In literature:

I could not wait to put my dress in order before running out into the street to see how my windows shone.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Both of you know, of course, that that was just window-dressing.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
As she was dressing, one of the women looking through the window perceived Aladdin, and instantly told her mistress.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
But, looking out of the window over a half-buttoned collar, he saw his father dressed and in the garden.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The windows, with the gateway to be reached by means of the twisted curtains; the dress of one of those men, and my skin darkened.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
I was dressed and looking through the window when he arrived.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
An upper window was thrown open, and Samuel Twitter appeared in his night-dress, shouting frantically.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
When he awoke in the morning, Murk was dressed and sitting by the window.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
He turned from the window and dressed slowly.
"The Street That Wasn't There" by Clifford Donald Simak
At that window the Princess happened to be sitting and dressing herself.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston

In poetry:

I used to glorify the poor,
Not simply lofty views expressing:
Their lives alone, I felt, were true,
Devoid of pomp and window-dressing.
"Change" by Boris Pasternak
Sometimes, in a shop window, you appear,
set up between others of the same gender,
dressed in new clothes and marked
with a little card, a price on your breast.
"Liberty" by Gerrit Achterberg
A flag loses contact with reality and flies away
A store window decked out with beautiful dresses for women
in blue and white. And everything
in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and Death.
"Seven Laments For The War-Dead" by Yehuda Amichai
On the Sovereign's birth-day every cot was a bower;
The birch wore its greenest—the broom was in flower;
Each window was dressed with its neighbour to match,
And the wealth of the woodlands hung low from the thatch.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Once upon a time, there was a very aggressive Modest Mouse fan -- one who was so obsessed with the indie rockers that he crashed through their dressing room window.
Jilted bride attempts to jump out window in wedding dress.
Lip Service , Window Dressing or Competitive Advantage.
BP Denies Clean-up Crews ' Window Dressing '.
Seattle City Council " Window dressing .".
When it comes time to choose a room's window dressing ready-made is cheaper, of course, but there are key differences.
Knoxville businesses dress windows in 'Christmas in City' contest.
Lexington's Bella Rose, which is a clothing boutique near the University of Kentucky, has displayed dresses in its window for more than 30 years.
The Wall Street Journal continues its excellent work on the Wall Street "window dressing " story, which it broke early last month.
'Window- Dressing ' Trades Lift Results.
Room & Board's Architecture Bed echoes the lines of the window and is dressed with an Hermes blanket.
Two of the hospital's three-man window washing team dressed up like Spider-Man, and then rappelled down the side of the building, lifting childrens' spirits while cleaning windows.
Brightly colored Indian wedding dresses sparkle in the storefront windows of Bombay Bridal Boutique in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Web technology that allows real-time monitoring is making in-store security cameras more than window dressing.
But many in the conservative community of Tomball are saying "no thanks" to a storefront with some revealing window dressings.