brush (something) under the rug

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brush (something) under the rug

To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the rug. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the rug.
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She faces matters many others would rather brush under the rug to the peril of healthy Catholic communities.