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She said she was really pleased to see us, but I could tell it was just a pretense.
Harper was convicted without even the pretense of a proper trial.
Yeltsin, now seriously ill, had given up any pretense of being in charge.
A man stopped her on the pretense of asking directions.
Alex made no pretense of hiding her disappointment.
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