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Their participation in negotiations is a charade to buy time.
  a situation in which people act as though something is true that is not
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charade charades
Strongly Associated with:   charlatan
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  • Their participation in negotiations is a charade to buy time.
  • They took an already unacceptable bill and turned it into a charade.
    Fred Wertheimer
  • This whole charade of living like a slave had come to an end.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Connor, Risa, and Lev hurry across the street toward it—all part of the charade, just in case the cops are watching them through their rearview mirror.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • If they can control us, if they can do whatever they want with us, make us do anything, then why would they even bother with this whole charade of giving us a choice?
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Why did they play that giant charade of soldiers arriving in the nick of time to save us?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Confident of my ignorance, he was willing to let the charade continue.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "I’m glad you’re being honest with me; I’ll be honest with you; no more charades between us," the Count said, putting down a number of notebooks and quill pens and ink bottles.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • While the judges went through the charade of conferring, a film was shown.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • You can play charades.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase

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  • Long after the Big Sister charade had petered out, Abby thought of Linnie fondly.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He moves his hand easily to his pocket, picking up seamlessly on our little charade, and whispers back, "I couldn’t wait."
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • It must have been half past five in the morning, well after several delirious games of cards and charades that had been brought on by too much candy and too little sleep.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Without being willing quite fully to admit it, I had begun to detest my charade of a job.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I said he was home and that there was no reason to keep up their charade any longer just for my benefit.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • The first time he threw one, I was convinced it was a charade, an act he was putting on.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "And this charade about the Stilson boy," Mother said.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • That whole charade back there.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • "What is this?" he said, his fingers working the meat off a bone-the spoon-and-fork charade was abandoned a week after he married the girl.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Then we played a bunch of cheesy party games like charades and Monopoly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Yossarian was unmoved by the fustian charade of the burial ceremony, and by Milo’s crushing bereavement.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I can’t believe the charade has gone on this long, with Mister Johnny knowing about me, and Miss Celia walking around like a ding-a-ling, like she’s still pulling her trick.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The only challenge would be to persuade Langdon to set down the keystone so Teabing could safely end this charade.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Wes joked about it, putting on a charade around his friends, but it was the most uncomfortable and vulnerable he had ever felt.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Why should I carry on this charade?
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • And how long did you think you could keep up the charade?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Continuing this charade only puts them in danger.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • To know this whole thing was some sort of charade?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • They were like a parlor charade of horse and rider.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "Bridewell!" exclaimed Colonel Dent, and the charade was solved.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I don’t understand the point of the charade, but I’m sure there is one.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Macon went on with the charade, pretending he didn’t know his sister was the one Porter and anybody else—adult, child, or beast—could buy wine from.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Why bother with the charade?
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The receptionist was not innocent and neither was I. The whole charade we had played out in that crummy waiting room had directly to do with me, Black, and her, white.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The Cullens weren’t trying as hard as they usually did—the human charade had slipped ever so slightly, enough for Charlie to feel the difference.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She had gone to parties, played charades, competed in poetry readings, joined a chorus and orchestra.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • TARGET Alice dropped me off in the morning, in keeping with the slumber party charade.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • They were all masters of checkers and chess and bridge and cribbage and dominoes and anagrams and charades and Ping-Pong and billiards, as well.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • When he had gone I put the note away in my pocket, and turned once more to my pencil drawing, but for no known reason it did not please me any more; the face was stiff and lifeless, and the lace collar and the beard were like props in a charade.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • As we stared at each other, I didn’t expect Savannah to answer, and frankly, I didn’t want her to I was still trying to get my mind around the fact that the hours she had spent with my dad were nothing but a charade.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • By question 11 —"I am terrible at pantomime, as in games like charades" — he was laughing out loud.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I have read worse charades.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The first night after the charades.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Such disappointments only gave greater zest to the nights when we acted charades, or had a costume ball in the back parlour, with Sally always dressed like a boy.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • There was something pathetic about their grandeur, as if they were dressed up for a charade but not quite fitted.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The supper was to be at six o’clock, in the basement of the church, and afterward there would be a fair, with charades and an auction.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Now that the charade with Mike was over, there was no point in delaying the inevitable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Only all the family, including the father, joined in charades and games at evening.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • If they had charades, Rose made the dresses; made everything; liked best arranging tables, flowers, anything.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Hurt? I just found out this whole thing was a charade, and now you want me to stop?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
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