cover a multitude of sins

cover a multitude of sins

To conceal things that are unattractive or problematic. I need to wear a girdle to cover a multitude of sins. New drywall will cover a multitude of sins in the kitchen.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

cover a multitude of sins

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hide a multitude of sins

If something covers a multitude of sins or hides a multitude of sins, it hides a lot of mistakes or things that are unpleasant or unattractive. `Strong, centralized government' is a term that can cover a multitude of sins. Wood is great for hiding a multitude of sins — rough, bumpy walls, pipes, and even wallpaper you can't face stripping. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

cover a multitude of sins

conceal or gloss over a lot of problems or defects.
This phrase refers to 1 Peter 4:8: ‘For charity shall cover the multitude of sins’.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

cover/hide a ˌmultitude of ˈsins

(often humorous) used to say that something is not as good as it looks, sounds, etc: The term ‘abstract art’ covers a multitude of sins.A coat of paint can hide a multitude of sins.This expression comes from the Bible. A multitude is a very large number of things.
See also: cover, hide, multitude, of, sin
References in classic literature ?
Polly was not very wise, but she felt that every one about her found something more attractive than usual in her and modestly attributed Tom's devotion, Sydney's interest, and Frank's undisguised admiration, to the new bonnet or, more likely, to that delightful combination of cashmere, silk, and swan's-down, which, like Charity's mantle, seemed to cover a multitude of sins in other people's eyes and exalt the little music teacher to the rank of a young lady.
This group are good on the counterattack and have got good athleticism which goes a long way when you're at a young age and can cover a multitude of sins.
And for the rest of us mere mortals, with lumps and bumps in all the wrong places, check out the fantastic maxi dresses available, which help to cover a multitude of sins, as well as the great range of slightly more conservative, but no less glamorous, party dresses which are on the rails.
A MAXI is a must - they look stunning, can be dressed up or dressed down - and can cover a multitude of sins to boot.
Coats also cover a multitude of sins, put a good coat on and don't worry about what you're wearing underneath -- but remember not to take it off
who belatedly come to realize, like their television counterparts, the Simpsons, that being kin can cover a multitude of sins.
Granted, big pants and boy shorts may cover a multitude of sins for older, more voluptuous women but for any gal under 40 whose behind has yet to fall victim to gravity they still have plenty to offer.
CHIANTI can cover a multitude of sins from a ceramic flask served in a piazza in Rome to a world-class Castello dei Rampola Sammarco.
Yes, it may be predictable, but a decent cast and some stirring music cover a multitude of sins.
Thank God that His love really does cover a multitude of sins.
Easy to wear, it's lightweight, flattering to most figures and it will cover a multitude of sins at this time of the year.
In the case of the politicians, the problem is that the spin-doctors and the marketing types have figured out that the flag is a powerful tool that can cover a multitude of sins.