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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.
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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.
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multitude of sins

Fig. many kinds of sins or errors. The term offensive covers a multitude of sins.
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multitude of sins, cover a

Compensate for numerous evils, as in You may not be offering to help with the fair, but that big donation covers a multitude of sins . This expression originated in the New Testament (I Peter 4:8): "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
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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.
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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.
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The multitude of evil Phanfasms eagerly applauded this plan, which they fully approved.
But no sooner had the knights resumed their station, than the clamour of applause was hushed into a silence, so deep and so dead, that it seemed the multitude were afraid even to breathe.
He followed the crowd, which drew nigh the lodges, gloomy and sullen, like any other multitude that had been disappointed in an execution.
Instead of mingling with his tribe, however, he sat apart, a solitary being in a multitude, his form shrinking into a crouching and abject attitude, as if anxious to fill as little space as possible.
MULTITUDES is aimed at providing multidisciplinary and multisectorial training and mobility to a very promising researcher in order to further his career development so that he may become an independent and leading scientist either in the university or private sector.
The release of New Multitudes is part of that effort, which reaches a crescendo this year, the centennial of Guthrie's birth.
Las multitudes han tenido una gran trascendencia dentro de las grandes civilizaciones a traves de la historia de la humanidad; lo cual ha llevado a que en la epoca actual sean solo una consecuencia repetitiva de lo que la sinuosidad historica ha determinado en el desarrollo de todas las epocas transcurridas; es decir, siempre se ha estado sumergido en el devenir de etapas de auge y decadencia, intercalandose entre ellas etapas de transicion, que algunas veces son claramente visibles y palpables, y otras, subyacen en lo mas profundo de lo que los estudiosos han denominado el Alma de las Multitudes .
There followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan" (Matt.
NEW YORK CITY: Poet Walt Whitman famously posited that he contained "multitudes," and though the cast of Compagnia de' Colombari's new environmental theatre piece More or Less I Am, based on Whitman's 1855 masterpiece "Song of Myself," comprises just 13 performers, it will be staged May 5-14 in enough venues that it may be truly said that the play will have entertained multitudes.
It is only when you get close to the great red sandstone plinth that you begin to see the extraordinary quality of the work, in which multitudes of plants are raised in relief.
Yes, even today the Lord hears the cry of the multitudes longing for joy, peace, and love.
For that matter, what drives the multitudes to get out of bed and go to work each day?
That the Christians gathered around these readings on Sunday mornings outnumber the multitudes glued to their radios on Saturday nights suggests to me that grace is to be found here.
Moreover, there are multitudes "dried up with thirst" for the knowledge and the tools that will make them more effective in the fight to defeat the FTAA.
William attributed Muslim multitudes to favorable geography, not fertility.