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pretexting

Pretending to be someone else in order to obtain information, typically over the phone. See social engineering.
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He would have made war even for that honor; the cardinal, assured of governing alone, under the double pretext of having brought up the king and given his niece to him in marriage -- the cardinal would have fought all antagonists, overcome all obstacles.
Now, I made for Madame Marguerite of Flanders, that famous epithalamium, as you know, and the city will not pay me, under the pretext that it was not excellent; as though one could give a tragedy of Sophocles for four crowns
Come, my lads, you must look sharp: I'm come to help you now:- and woe be to that man, or woman either, that pauses for a moment amongst you - whether to stare about him, to scratch his head, or blow his nose - no pretext will serve - nothing but work, work, work in the sweat of your face,' &c.
My first pretext for invading the sanctum was to bring Arthur a little waddling puppy of which Sancho was the father, and which delighted the child beyond expression, and, consequently, could not fail to please his mamma.
Seizing the first pretext, she got up, and with her light, resolute step went for her album.
On various pretexts they all moved off, and Alice was soon left alone.
TEHRAN, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that imposing any ban or sanction against his country at any level or pretext would be a breach of the nuclear deal with 5+1 group, signed on July 14th in Vienna.
An Israeli army force broke into the town in the morning and demolished five tinplate-surfaced stores, including a stone-cutting workshop, under the pretext of construction without a permit.
Israeli Occupation Authorities on Tuesday have announced that they will close the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron's old city for the Muslim worshipers, for six days during September, under the pretext of Jewish occasions.
He pointed to Turkey's showoff in joining the US-led Anti-ISIL coalition, and said, "This is a big lie and showoff; Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan is plotting to launch a ground incursion into Syria under this pretext.
Sheikh Adnan Hamad al-Jubouri, told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the elements of Daash stormed Al-Aiadhiya district, 110 km west of Mosul and arrested 11 of al-Jabour tribal elders in Al-Aiadhiya under the pretext of affiliation to the popular mobilization for the Liberation of Mosul.
Ramallah, April 14 (Petra)--Israeli occupation forces, on Tuesday, demolished an under-construction building in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext that the developers were attempting construction work without a permit.