Definition of window dressing in English:

window dressing

noun

  • 1The arrangement of an attractive display in a shop window.

    • ‘However, Elfi did also enjoy dress design, interior design and window dressing and these courses did receive the maternal nod, and she graduated with qualifications in them all.’
    • ‘Simon is the head baker of the family, while Julie - also currently studying interior design - has become something of an expert on window dressing.’
    1. 1.1 An adroit but superficial or actually misleading presentation of something, designed to create a favorable impression.
      ‘the government's effort has amounted to little more than window dressing’
      • ‘And no amount of rhetorical window dressing about ‘compassionate’ globalization can conceal that this is a government brought to power in an effort to stifle a social explosion.’
      • ‘He said the police initiative did not appear to be window dressing and the chamber felt it was a serious move to clamp down on crime.’
      • ‘The principles, we now know, were mostly window dressing in the Soviet Union; beyond the windows stood the most ghastly horrors.’
      • ‘Community involvement was window dressing to get the money.’
      • ‘Many faculty see shared governance as window dressing for rather dictatorial rule.’
      • ‘My impression of Xena from the TV days was of a frivolous show with attractive window dressing.’
      • ‘Another said: ‘The Clark Government is all window dressing and no substance.’’
      • ‘The professional guidelines that news organizations have developed through the years are more than just a form of fancy window dressing designed to disguise the hidden political agendas of reporters and anchormen.’
      • ‘This is crucial, because journalists have uncovered how drug company employees are analyzing data and writing up studies that are published with scientists' names tacked on for window dressing.’
      • ‘All talk of ‘solidarity’ and the ‘stabilisation of the welfare state’ is mere window dressing aimed at covering up the real core of the SPD program.’
      • ‘Superficially, there may appear to be a change but it takes more than window dressing to affect real change.’
      • ‘Charles, in his classic Texas way, said, ‘A proclamation is just window dressing.’’
      • ‘But there is more here than just decorative window dressing - the loose, inconclusive story and the subtle, understated performances make In The Mood For Love wonderfully compelling and provocative.’
      • ‘This was all window dressing to give the appearance that the UAW was trying to defend the retirees' benefits and uphold the right of the rank and file to have a say in any changes.’
      • ‘In his view, art for art's sake had become little more than the deceitful window dressing - the glossy, ideological veneer - of a moribund and decrepit bourgeois civilization.’
      • ‘Many businessmen suspect that government policies and systems to curb smuggling and undervaluation practices are mere window dressing to improve the tarnished image of the corruption-infested customs offices.’
      • ‘And Premiere wrote that ‘the intellectual aspirations of this series are just window dressing.’
      • ‘After spending two pages enumerating various national and international agreements, conventions, and programs, he concludes that in essence they are little more than window dressing.’
      • ‘Or was it, as his rivals claim, merely window dressing designed to conceal as well as reveal?’
      • ‘Cynics who suspect that problem based learning in medical education is just window dressing the same loaded curriculum disguised to make students think they directed it themselves have a prestigious addition to their camp.’
      appearance, display, impression, ostentation, affectation, image
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Pronunciation

window dressing

/ˈwindō ˌdresiNG//ˈwɪndoʊ ˌdrɛsɪŋ/