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英语解释:a reason that you pretend to have in order to hide your real reason or intention

false reason
A pretext is a false reason you give for doing something, usually something bad. When you want to hide the real for doing something, usually something bad, the false reason that you give for it is a pretext. He wanted to see her, and offering her help to find a job offered him a pretext.' This means he saw her for the false reason of helping her find a job, but his real intention was to see her.