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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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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.
See also: cover, hide, multitude, of, sin
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"It's great to have a St.Tropez tan before you go out, it covers a multitude of sins instantly and it means that you've got instant glamour and a healthy glow."
It's great news for women of all shapes and sizes as the extra fabric is flattering and covers a multitude of sins.
"Winning covers a multitude of sins and if you play poor and win, you'd take it.
DRIVING without insurance covers a multitude of sins, and can have catastrophic consequences for both culprits and innocent parties.
Goes on like war paint and covers a multitude of sins. Looks a tiny bit chalky after 10 hours, but it doesn't feel heavy - good value for a foundation under three quid.
This is a clause that covers a multitude of sins and enables rogue employers to circumvent the Act.
Further relevant passages include the emphasis in Hebrews on hospitality and alms, and in I Peter the view that love covers a multitude of sins. In I Clement, along with evidence of social tensions, Garrison finds the view that hospitality expresses love, that the grateful poor pray for the rich, and that love covers sins and leads to their forgiveness.
"That one covers a multitude of sins - such as 'I murder people, that's what I do, don't blame me, that's what I am'."
Rimmel's Hide The Blemish covers a multitude of sins, from spots to eye bags.