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Attractive on the surface but of little value.

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  • At first I thought the ideas in the speech were great, but then I looked into them and found them to be meretricious and unworkable.
  • meretricious relationships
  • Also in the Telegraph, David Selbourne wields the bludgeon with tremendous style, although I'm going to have to look up 'meretricious'.
  • The cascade of the Trocad√©ro has nothing meretricious about it.
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