Here is an example: In a conversation, one is asked their opinion regarding a decision, but the decision has already been made—so the individual being asked is led to believe (falsely) that their opinion might have an impact on the outcome.

"Jane [falsely believed her opinion was considered] when her boss asked her who she thought was the best candidate for a job; however, she was not aware that her boss had already selected a candidate to hire."

Or perhaps there is a word meaning "to believe one's opinion is being considered" and the proper use would be to add "falsely" before that word.

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    The closest idiom I can think of is to say that Jane’s boss was only paying lip service to Jane’s opinion on the candidates. Not sure if that helps.
    – JonLarby
    May 16, 2018 at 17:25


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