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Please, dear teachers.

Can you tell me what word in English means "to pretend to be busy or to be working hard"? Just one-word expression, please.

I remember I learnt it a few weeks ago but I can't recall the way it is spelt.

ThanX in advance.

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Feign is a possibility.
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Feign is a synonym of "pretend". But the word I referred to meant "to pretend to be full of work when the situation is the contrary", e.g. "to have your desk full of papers and feign you are too busy to do anything else"

Thanks anyway,

A person in that situation might be said to be "paper-shuffling".
There is a word in Dutch, made up by a Dutch writer in 1954, that means about the same thing: "epibreren" . If I'd follow the "conventions" of similar words that are translated to English, you could probably say "to epibrate" or "epibrating".

However, this is not an official word, so I think you might be looking for something else.

HTH,
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to boondoggle. Usage North American

There is an old (not used anymore) word for that, is Fudgel

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Fudgel


Its old fashioned, but thats what it means - pretending to work.