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pretext
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
  • But Lucy would hear of no pretext for her remaining away in the evenings; she must always come from aunt Glegg's before dinner,—"else what shall I have of you?" said Lucy, with a tearful pout that could not be resisted.
    6.13 -- Book 6 Chapter 13 -- Borne Along by the Tide (2% in)

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