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fig leaf

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

fig leaf noun [C usually singular] (LEAF)

the type of leaf sometimes used in paintings to cover a naked person's sex organs

fig leaf noun [C usually singular] (FALSE)

UK something that hides something else, especially something that is dishonest or embarrassing: The spokesperson said the information campaign was a fig leaf to hide the most regressive tax in history.
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