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.
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"It recognises that Brexit is the elephant in the room and with the deadline of October 31 fast approaching, Brexit is now just too big to brush under the carpet.
The Conservative Party has a real problem with Islamophobia, an unaddressed problem, something that Brandon Lewis and Theresa May have been trying to brush under the carpet for a long time now.
A fact that some people would like to brush under the carpet is that there are countless thousands of people in Bahrain who regularly consume pork.
The tattooed, 35-year-old Londoner has plenty of 'complicated' moments he could easily have chosen to airbrush or simply brush under the carpet, but that would have made 'Weirwolf' a much tamer effort.
If nothing else, MSP Rhoda Grant's decision to press ahead with her Purchase of Sex Bill will shine a light on an issue most people would prefer to brush under the carpet.
But both Wen and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exchanged vows of amity and goodwill ahead of brief bilateral talks in the capital, appearing to brush under the carpet a series of differences that have long dogged relations.
What of those Panorama allegations which everyone has been desperate to brush under the carpet? And what difference did we imagine sending Prince William to Zurich was going make?
And shall we conveniently brush under the carpet the fact that both Bush and Brown love nothing better than trading with that bastion of free speech, the People's Republic of China ?
"There are things we can't brush under the carpet. We played far too open andwe can't come to places like Wolves and play as open as that and always expect to win."
Welcoming the decision Mr Sturdy said that the foot-and-mouth crisis was not something that EU citizens wanted their politicians to "brush under the carpet".
"This recognises that Brexit is the elephant in the room and with the deadline of October 31 fast approaching, Brexit is now just too big to brush under the carpet. We think this approach and striking visuals will resonate with busy firms on many levels."
A public debate would put him on the spot about defence, foreign policy, currency, border controls and a host of other issues the Nats tend to brush under the carpet.
A Prime Time documentary, set to be aired tomorrow night, will uncover a story many still brush under the carpet in Ireland.