keep up appearances
Verb
  1. (idiomatic) To pretend to be all right or that everything is going well; to maintain an appearance of wealth, comfort or propriety.
    For my father's sake, I thought I must keep up appearances, but the food stuck in my throat, and I could not swallow another mouthful.
    With tact and management it would be possible to partially satisfy creditors, and keep up appearances for six months more.
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