Potemkin village

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Any false construct devised to disguise a shortcoming or improve appearances.

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  • Named for purported fake settlements erected at the direction of Russian minister Grigori Alexsandrovich Potemkin to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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