brush (something) under the carpet

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brush (something) under the carpet

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 carpet. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the carpet.
See also: brush, carpet
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"It's because it's before that 12 week mark where people say, 'don't tell anyone you're pregnant because if anything happens you can brush it under the carpet...' because it all went wrong we can't brush it under the carpet."
Campbell accused the FA of letting players down by not being more pro-active in combating the issue, claiming they had "sat idle and tried to brush it under the carpet".