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addaword.gifdefinition of Potemkin village

noun
something that is intended to deceive people by appearing to be real or impressive, but which is actually non-existent or bad quality; originally a set of buildings with just a front, put up by Grigorii Potemkin to impress Catherine the Great of Russia
Polling officers... were filing phantom results representing Potemkin villages.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 02/11/2012 08:47:00
Definition of Potemkin village from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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