under false pretences

by or under false pretences
if you do or get something by or under false pretences, you do or get it dishonestly by telling lies: »

The official was convicted of obtaining property by false pretences.

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Two executives had gained access to their rival's business plan under false pretences.

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Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • under false pretences — under/by/false pretences phrase if you get something under false pretences, you get it by tricking people He obtained money by false pretences. Thesaurus: words used to describe dishonest people and behavioursynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • under false pretences — if you do something under false pretences, you do it when you have lied about who you are or what you are doing. The police charged him with obtaining money under false pretences …   New idioms dictionary

  • by or under false pretences — ► if you do or get something by or under false pretences, you do or get it dishonestly by telling lies: »The official was convicted of obtaining property by false pretences. »Two executives had gained access to their rival s business plan under… …   Financial and business terms

  • false pretences —    If you obtain something under false pretences, you deceive others by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, in order to get what you want.     The journalist obtained the interview under false pretences …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • by false pretences — under/by/false pretences phrase if you get something under false pretences, you get it by tricking people He obtained money by false pretences. Thesaurus: words used to describe dishonest people and behavioursynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • by false pretences — by or under false pretences ► if you do or get something by or under false pretences, you do or get it dishonestly by telling lies: »The official was convicted of obtaining property by false pretences. »Two executives had gained access to their… …   Financial and business terms

  • on false pretences — by/under/on false preˈtences idiom by pretending to be sth that you are not, in order to gain some advantage for yourself • She was accused of obtaining money under false pretences. Main entry: ↑falseidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • pretences — pre‧ten‧ces [prɪˈtensz ǁ ˈpriːtensz] , pretenses noun by/​under false pretences LAW if someone does something under false pretences, they do it by pretending that something is true when it is not: • They are charged with obtaining money by… …   Financial and business terms

  • false — W3S3 [fo:ls US fo:ls] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(untrue)¦ 2¦(wrong)¦ 3¦(not real)¦ 4¦(not sincere)¦ 5 false economy 6 under false pretences 7 false move/step 8 false imprisonment/arrest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 900 1000; : Latin; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • false — [fɔːls ǁ fɒːls] adjective 1. not true or real, but intended to look real in order to deceive people: • false and misleading advertisements • Firms issuing false certificates might be subject to lawsuits. 2. a false economy something that you… …   Financial and business terms

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