Definition of for show in English:

for show


  • For the sake of appearance rather than for use.

    ‘the birch logs are just for show; at the moment we're burning scrap lumber’
    • ‘But we think the oxygen tank he's lugging around now is just for show.’
    • ‘They run businesses, hospitals and schools as part of an infrastructure, not just for show.’
    • ‘The stage was incredibly busy to watch, but nothing was done for show, emphasising the musical creativity of the band.’
    • ‘Reading unsympathetically, we may reflect that there's not much he does that isn't for show.’
    • ‘It seems to me the meetings are being held only for show; I hope I'm wrong.’
    • ‘All those flames in a Chinese restaurant aren't just for show.’
    • ‘We don't want theme parks here, with one calligrapher and one artisan retained just for show.’
    • ‘It was a commonplace of Roman food writing to despise complicated dishes designed for show rather than for taste.’
    • ‘As a result, New York has become two cities: one for show, and one for real.’
    • ‘Yes, he was egotistical and overbearing but it was all for show; a way to get under the skin of liberals.’
    • ‘It's not just for show - if it were, we'd have a much newer and better-looking one.’