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fig leaf

Something used to hide an embarrassing or shameful problem. In the Bible, Adam and Eve used fig leaves to conceal their genitals after they became ashamed of their nakedness. Gary used humor as a fig leaf to conceal the fact that he was struggling with depression.
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a fig leaf

Something which is intended to hide an embarrassing or awkward situation can be called a fig leaf. The Code of Practice must be enforced, or else it is just a meaningless fig leaf. He said that retaining Stewart in a creative role was a `generous fig leaf that the company gave her'. Note: According to the Bible, when Adam and Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden, they realized that they were naked and felt ashamed, so they covered their genitals with fig leaves. (Genesis 3:7)
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The garments, which feature either a fig leaf or a clasped hands motif, are composed of a mixture of tungsten and other metals that do not set off metal detectors.
Netanyahu doesn't really even need Barak as a fig leaf, because he doesn't have to lift a finger to prevent the two-state solution.
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So Rieff's apprehensions about humanitarianism serving as fig leaf for the major powers to do nothing seems misplaced.
One risk this new doctrine creates is that of emboldening our allies to invoke it as a fig leaf for settling scores with their adversaries.
2] Psychiatrist Leslie Farber and others have described the depersonalizing effects of pornography most vividly by stating that it transfers the fig leaf to the face.
Outgoing Immigration Minister Yuli Tamir (who tirelessly defended Barak during his tumultuous final months in power) says: "Sharon is asking Barak and Pares to provide cover and act as a fig leaf for him, and this is very dangerous".
Once again the organization allowed itself to be used by the United States and other major powers to provide a thin blue fig leaf to cover their refusal to commit their resources to a solution.
Bobby captures a yellow butterfly and uses it like a fig leaf, then lets its wings flutter gently against him.
Celebrity guests at a swish New York fashion show couldn't believe their eyes when Jim strutted down the catwalk munching an apple - wearing nothing but a fig leaf to mask his manhood.
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I'VE no wish to upset Ebola nurse William Pooley MBE or Alan Barnes' angel Katie Cutler BEM, but sprinkling a few lower honours on worthy recipients is a fig leaf for a corrupt system, or he would be Sir William and she would be Lady Katie, instead of prized knighthoods and damehoods going to party donors and lackeys.
For the more self-conscious members of staff the wearing of a sterilised plastic fig leaf might be permitted.
We're so far from proper and strict interpretation of the Constitution on so many levels that it's one fig leaf against another fig leaf.