window dressing

window dressing
   falsely or fraudulently issuing figures or statements relating to a business
   Commercial and banking jargon, using imagery from retail trading:
    The cheques were part of the 'window dressing' of the balance sheet at London and County Securities. (Private Eye, September 1981 — beware always the words security or trust in any financial organization which asks you to invest)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • window dressing — window .dressing n [U] 1.) something that is intended to make people like your plans or activities, and to stop them seeing the true situation used to show disapproval ▪ All these glossy pamphlets are just window dressing the fact is that the new …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • window dressing — If something is done to pretend to be dealing with an issue or problem, rather than actually dealing with it, it is window dressing …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • window dressing — n. 1. the arrangement or display of goods and trimmings in a store window to attract customers 2. statements, actions, or display designed to make something seem better than it really is window dress vt. window dresser n …   English World dictionary

  • window dressing — ► NOUN 1) the arrangement of a display in a shop window. 2) the presentation of something in a superficially attractive way to give a favourable impression …   English terms dictionary

  • window-dressing — index pretense (ostentation) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Window-Dressing —   [ wɪndəʊ dresɪȖ; englisch »Schönfärberei«, eigentlich »Schaufensterdekoration«] das, im weiteren Sinn alle gesetzlich erlaubten Maßnahmen der Bilanzpolitik vor dem Bilanzstichtag, um die im Jahresabschluss ausgewiesene wirtschaftliche Lage des… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • window dressing — window ,dressing noun uncount 1. ) something that is intended to seem impressive but does not have any real effect 2. ) the job of arranging goods in store windows, in order to make them look attractive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • window dressing — trading activity near the end of a quarter or fiscal year that is designed to improve the appearance of a portfolio to be presented to clients or shareholders. For example, a portfolio manager may sell losing positions so as to display only… …   Financial and business terms

  • window-dressing — also window dressing 1) N UNCOUNT Window dressing is the skill of arranging objects attractively in a window, especially a shop window, or the way in which they are arranged. 2) N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to something as window dressing …   English dictionary

  • Window Dressing — Unter Window Dressing werden geschäftliche Maßnahmen vor allem Institutioneller Anleger verstanden, die kurze Zeit vor dem Abschlussstichtag ausschließlich der optischen Gestaltung des Bilanzbildes dienen sollen und nicht der dauerhaften… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Window Dressing — A strategy used by mutual fund and portfolio managers near the year or quarter end to improve the appearance of the portfolio/fund performance before presenting it to clients or shareholders. To window dress, the fund manager will sell stocks… …   Investment dictionary

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