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Not genuine or true (used in a disapproving manner when deception has been attempted)‘a bogus insurance claim’
fake, faked, spurious, false, fraudulent, sham, deceptive, misleading, pretendedView synonyms
- ‘We filter all the e-mails in the evening to verify whether any bogus votes are cast.’
- ‘He had denied using a false diary and concocting a bogus story in his defence of the Daily Star's claims.’
- ‘Then Dawn became the victim of a bogus police officer who used a false warrant card to gain access to her home and quiz her for hours.’
- ‘The government has already begun a crackdown on bogus foreign language courses and sham marriages.’
- ‘Conmen are attempting to make people cough up bogus traffic fines after they return from trips abroad.’
- ‘Elderly people are being warned to beware of bogus callers following an attempted burglary in Sutton.’
- ‘She used four fictitious names on bogus loan applications to her company and pocketed the proceeds.’
- ‘Thousands of cab drivers are set to strike in protest at new safety rules designed to end the menace of bogus minicabs.’
- ‘Much of the book sounds like a bogus impersonation, a belletrist's version of Boris Karloff.’
- ‘Figures on financial loss created by bogus claims involving hi-tech goods are hard to come by.’
- ‘A Downpatrick man was targeted by a bogus caller claiming to want to use his phone.’
- ‘The danger remains that in focusing on bogus risks, we miss the real ones.’
- ‘Genuine refugees should then be welcomed and supported while the bogus are sent back.’
- ‘The narrator showed how money was moved from Citibank to a bogus company.’
- ‘John Sweeney, in a TV documentary to be shown tonight, says the figures are bogus.’
- ‘It was difficult to avoid the conclusion that the claims of fair trade are bogus.’
- ‘Police are appealing to people in Darwen to keep their homes secure after bogus salesmen swooped on the town.’
- ‘A pensioner has been conned into handing over his life savings to bogus workmen.’
- ‘And we exposed him as being prepared to offer help to an apparent bogus asylum seeker.’
- ‘A bogus bailiff is conning youngsters out of their hard earned pocket money, it was claimed today.’
Late 18th century (originally US, denoting a machine for making counterfeit money): of unknown origin.
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