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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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.
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 ?
Because the single currency is too important to brush under the carpet.
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.
JONATHAN Blackie tries to brush under the carpet the mind-boggling sum of pounds 7.