win·dow-dress·ing also win·dow dress·ing (wĭndō-drĕs′ĭng)
a. Decorative exhibition of retail merchandise in store windows.
b. Goods and trimmings used in such displays.
2. 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).
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