fig leaf Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “fig leaf” in the English Dictionary

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fig leafnoun [C usually singular]

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fig leaf noun [C usually singular] (LEAF)

the ​type of ​leaf sometimes used in ​paintings to ​cover a ​naked person's ​sexorgans

fig leaf noun [C usually singular] (FALSE)

UK something that ​hides something ​else, ​especially something that is ​dishonest or ​embarrassing: The ​spokesperson said the ​informationcampaign was a ​figleaf to ​hide the most ​regressivetax in ​history.
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