sweep (something) under the mat

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sweep (something) under the mat

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 mat. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the mat. Nothing will get resolved like that!
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Gender-based violence (GBV) has long been swept under the mat, as it is regarded as a private matter, said Sirkka Ausiku, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
Had she left it in its place, thereby indicating she hadn't swept under the mat, she would have been shown the door just as quickly.
It was something I swept under the mat and it came back to bite me with a vengeance.
It was something that I swept under the mat and it came back to bite me.
Aids is an epidemic which is so frequently swept under the mat because of the stigma attached to it.
It was something that I swept under the mat and it came back to bite me with a vengeance - it nearly finished me off.