put-on

[ noun poo t-on, -awn; adjective poo t-on, -awn ]SEE DEFINITION OF put-on
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"She's only china, and her hair's a put-on wig," said Agatha, with tears in her eyes.

And since her niece had come to live with her, this put-on sternness had increased.

This was evidently no put-on apology for the occasion, and Wyndham, as he spoke, looked as penitent as his words.

WORD ORIGIN

"ruse, deception," 1937, from earlier adjectival meaning "assumed, feigned" (1620s), a figurative extension of the notion of putting on costumes or disguises; from put (v.) + on (adv.). The expression put (someone) on "play a trick on" seems to be a back-formation from the noun.

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