Meaning of window dress in English:

window dress

Pronunciation /ˈwɪndə(ʊ) drɛs/

verb

  • 1To arrange and display goods attractively in a shop window.

  • 2To arrange or present (something) in a way that creates a falsely favourable impression; specifically to manipulate (a balance sheet or portfolio) so as to suggest falsely a strong financial position.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Liverpool Mercury. From window + dress, after window dresser and window dressing.