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Put on an act

verb phrase

To behave misleadingly, esp pretentiously; SHOOT someone A LINE (1934+)
Pretend, especially in order to deceive; also, show off. For example, We were afraid Charlie had hurt himself, but he was just putting on an act, or We know you’re a good swimmer—stop putting on an act. [ c. 1930 ]


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