sweep under the rug


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Related to sweep under the rug: wreak havoc, pull the rug out from under, brush under the carpet

sweep (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. Nothing will get resolved like that!
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sweep under the rug

Hide something, as in Their attempts to sweep the scandal under the rug were not very successful. This idiom alludes to sweeping dust under the rug, so it won't be seen. [Mid-1900s]
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sweep under the rug

To avoid discussing or dealing with (something negative or troubling).
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This is more evidence that the energy crisis was not a California created problem, but rather market manipulation by the energy pirates that FERC was ready to sweep under the rug.
This is more evidence that the energy crisis was not a California-created problem, but rather market manipulation by the energy pirates that FERC was ready to sweep under the rug.
It's an issue that's easy for the leadership here to sweep under the rug unless folks out there at the grass roots are heard from,'' said Jim Turner, a Democrat from Crockett, in East Texas.
Our planet's glut of e-waste is no longer a problem we can sweep under the rug -- consumers and businesses in Massachusetts or anywhere else who want to play a role in the solution need to know which organizations recycle e-waste responsibly and appropriately.
Reports that claim progress but sweep under the rug all the promises that have been broken by our trading partners aren't the solution; they're a big part of the problem.
The critical difference is that mental illness isn't always obvious and is therefore easier to sweep under the rug.
Our planet's glut of e-waste is no longer a problem we can sweep under the rug -- consumers and businesses who want to play a role in the solution need to know which organizations recycle e-waste responsibly and appropriately.