What does "flimsy facade" mean?

This is the paragraph:

The opposition, which wants the new peace talks to focus on a political transition, said the election was meaningless, while Britain and France called it a “flimsy facade” and a “sham”.

Does it mean "an unreal and damageable display"?

closed as off-topic by FumbleFingers, Hellion, Drew, user140086, tchrist Apr 16 '16 at 16:40

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 2
    A façade is something that is placed in front of something else. If you smile at your guests in your home when you actually feel bad, that is your façade. Flimsy means weak. Not strong. Flimsy is used to characterize, very often, materials (fabrics): a flimsy blouse or built things: a box, or chair. So, it means: a weak front – Lambie Apr 16 '16 at 13:06
  • 1
    It means a facade that is flimsy. Dictionary, dictionary, dictionary. – Drew Apr 16 '16 at 14:14


  • lacking plausibility; unconvincing: a flimsy excuse.



  • a front or outer appearance, especially a deceptive one
  • In your sentence, the election is said to be a "flimsy facade" that is a unconvincing, deceptive show, not a real election that may bring about change, a sham:
  • something that is not what it appears to be and that is meant to trick or deceive people

Ngram flimsy facade in a figurative sense is an expression which is often used to refer to the concept illustrated above.

  • It is not a set phrase. – Lambie Apr 16 '16 at 15:54
  • I didn't say it is. – user66974 Apr 16 '16 at 16:05
  • You cited Ngram. It did. – Lambie Apr 16 '16 at 16:14
  • It just shows that the two terms are often associated, I think it was worth showing. – user66974 Apr 16 '16 at 16:59

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.