sweep something under the rug

sweep something under the rug (or carpet)
conceal or ignore a problem or difficulty in the hope that it will be forgotten

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sweep (something) under the rug — see sweep, 1
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Main Entry:rug
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sweep (something) under the rug (US) (or chiefly Brit sweep (something) under the carpet)
: to hide (something that is illegal, embarrassing, or wrong)

He tried to sweep his past mistakes under the rug.

This is not something we can just sweep under the rug.

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Main Entry:sweep

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sweep sth under the ˈcarpet idiom
(US also sweep sth under the ˈrug) to try to stop people from finding out about sth wrong, illegal, embarrassing, etc. that has happened or that you have done

An earlier report, implicating the government, had been conveniently swept under the carpet.

see roar, romp, sweep, etc. to victory at victory n.
Main entry:sweepidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sweep under the rug — {v. phr.} To hide or dismiss casually (something one is ashamed of or does not know what to do about). * /In many places, drug abuse by school children is swept under the rug./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sweep\ under\ the\ rug — v. phr. To hide or dismiss casually (something one is ashamed of or does not know what to do about). In many places, drug abuse by school children is swept under the rug …   Словарь американских идиом

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