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Potemkin village
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Potemkin village

  something made to look impressive, but which lacks substance
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The phrase is said to have originated because a Russian minister named Potemkin is said to have ordered the construction of fake villages so that newly conquered land would look more prosperous as Empress Catherine II and foreign ambassadors toured.
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