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noun [countable] pretext pronunciation in American English /ˈpriˌtekst/
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  1. a reason that you pretend to have in order to hide your real reason or intention
    pretext for: The conflict was used as a pretext for introducing military rule.
    on/under the pretext of doing something: He visited her on the pretext of borrowing a book.
    a pretext to do something: A slight fall in profits gave the management a pretext to get rid of some older members of staff.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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