under the guise that vs under the guise of :

under the guise that or under the guise of

Phishing e-mails try to extract valuable information from you so they can rob you under the guise of protecting your online security. They are disguising their theft as protection. There are other related phrases, mostly ending in “that,” such as “under the pretext that” and “with the excuse that”; but “under the guise” requires “of,” usually followed by a gerund ending in “-ing.”

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  • Decatur Police Arrest Suspected Child Molester
    JAY, OK-- Decatur Police arrested a Jay, OK man Wednesday accused of engaging in indecent behavior with teen-aged family members under the guise that he was checking them for sexual activity.
    July 11, 2013 - KNWA Fayetteville

  • LETTER: Friend undercutting Evansville's future
    Under the guise of financial responsibility, former Republican, now Democrat John Friend seems to be going out of his way to wreck the much-needed projects this fine city direly needs.
    June 13, 2013 - Evansville Courier & Press
  • Letter: The price we pay
    Richard Furgal, Naples: Under the guise of "protecting us," we are all being presumed guilty rather than presumed innocent.
    June 13, 2013 - Naples Daily News
  • Santa Monica killings just one more forgettable mass-shooting (Column)
    The nation is all abuzz about leaks, metadata and vast surveillance undertaken by the federal government under the guise of keeping us safe. But former deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton asked a poignant, if depressing, question Sunday morning on Twitter.
    June 12, 2013 - The Saratogian