Put-on meaning

po͝otŏn, -ôn
Pretended; feigned.
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Something, as a novel or play, intended as an elaborate hoax or practical joke on the reader or audience.
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A deception, hoax, or practical joke.

I think this is all a big put-on.

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A deceptive outward appearance.
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The act of teasing or misleading someone, especially for amusement.
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Something, such as a prank, intended as a hoax or joke; a spoof.
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Assumed or feigned.

A put-on smile.

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The act of fooling or hoaxing someone by playing on that person's credulity.
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