American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Decorative exhibition of retail merchandise in store windows.
- n. Goods and trimmings used in such displays.
- n. A means of improving appearances or creating a falsely favorable impression: "The realignment ... may be more window dressing than a substantive change in how the company does business” ( Connie Guglielmo).
“The downdraft in Chinese equities also stemmed from so-called "window-dressing" by portfolio managers who often sell stocks with large losses in their funds at year-end.”
“Whereas corporate philanthropic activities may have once been motivated more by image-building and were thus seen as 'window-dressing,' CSR today is more often an integral part of corporate strategy.”
“The law gets applied to the former, often mercilessly and ruthlessly, but the law doesn't apply to the latter, who get off time and again for nothing, next to nothing or by paying a window-dressing fine usually with other people's money.”
“We cannot afford the luxury of letting these recommendations become window-dressing for the Equatorial Guinea government," one local activist said.”
“Usually signed as part of a larger process of window-dressing by some fossil-fuelled mega-club.”
“Not only does this window-dressing public comment bother me, but I'm bothered by the fact that no one else seems at all bothered by it. jeffswitzer_wsdot_SR520comm”
“But Mr. Neronha said those efforts amounted to "window-dressing," allowing Google to continue earning revenues from the allegedly illicit ad sales even as it professed to be taking action against them.”
“Rather, economics was the unnecessary window-dressing to give the film a veneer of gravitas and the hint of a news angle.”
“Both at home and abroad, liberal critics of Medvedev dismiss his modernization strategy as little more than window-dressing that masks his determination to preserve the ruling regime led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.”
“Stripped of window-dressing, they'll be saying: "America loves Republicans, so just watch us now!”
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