N1 Lesson 9: 15/17
にかこつけて に託けて

にかこつけて

In the name of
Using the excuse of
To use as a pretext of
Under the guise/pretence of


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Noun + にかこつけて
Verb + の/こと + にかこつけて
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(A) にかこつけて (B) is a phrase meaning “under the pretence of” and is used to mark behavior (A) that is used to hide real reason or intention. The phrase is often used for criticism.

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「花子(はなこ)ったら部(ぶ)活動(かつどう)にかこつけて、部室(ぶしつ)に潜(もぐ)り込(こ)んでひとり遊(あそ)んでばかりいるよ。」
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“Speaking of Hanako, she sneaks into the club room under the pretence of club activity and just lazes around.”

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