hide a multitude of sins

hide a multitude of sins

To conceal things that are unattractive or problematic. I need to wear a girdle to hide a multitude of sins. New drywall will hide a multitude of sins in the kitchen.
See also: hide, 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 ?
And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or in terrorem, or otherwise; yet even Captain Ahab was by no means unobservant of the paramount forms and usages of the sea.
Oversized knits hide a multitude of sins, but balance out with fitted pieces on your bottom half to avoid looking swamped.
THE LIFE-SAVER "Before you rush out and buy maternity clothes, take a look at your current pieces and see what you can work with - a bump bandeau can hide a multitude of sins, including a fly that won't do up," said Laura.
A little bit of nail varnish can hide a multitude of sins.
By dressing correctly for your shape it really can show off your best assets and hide a multitude of sins," he added.
Hide a multitude of sins by using wallpaper lining.
And if you win 1-0, it can hide a multitude of sins.
But he said: ``A lot of players are blessed with far greater ability than myself but hard work can hide a multitude of sins.
A flattering fit for pear shapes, this style will skim over the hip area and hide a multitude of sins.
Perfect for apple shapes, hide a multitude of sins under this oversized frock while still showing off shapely pins.
Many people hide away in the winter months and wear bulkier clothing in order to hide a multitude of sins.
The outfit appeared to hide a multitude of sins - even her jawline looked heavier.