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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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When she set her eyes on the V&A's copy of Michelangelo's David for the first time, the queen was deeply shocked at the absence of a fig leaf. It is a curious reaction from a woman who reputedly enjoyed being chased around the bedroom by Albert.
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It is particularly glaring, the leftists say, in light of the Netanyahu government's refusal to respect international law or US demands regarding settlements and the ongoing siege.The PFLP added that by participating, President Abbas is extending a fig leaf, and giving a gift to the Netanyahu government's ultra-extremism and racism, as described in the UN report on Gaza that was released this week.
I will not be anybody's fig leaf," said Ehud Barak, leader of Israel's Labor party, defending his decision to join the hard-right coalition government being formed by Likud leader Netanyahu.
Devoid of the fig leaf that Kadima's participation might have lent such a dysfunctional government, Netanyahu and his new partners will face no internal obstacles in trying to implement their wildest plans.
Noting that Green was in fact HIV-negative, the ACLU's Rose Saxe stated: "He was simply a gay man in Welch, West Virginia, and because of that we can only assume that Chief Bowman assumed he had HIV and it was unsafe to even touch him." Or it was simple homophobia, without even the fig leaf of a medical rationale, a possibility that the ACLU should not rule out.
January shows a topless Eve wearing just a fig leaf to cover her modesty.
The recent 2.3 percent was a start--that was well received, but we all understand that becomes just a fig leaf if nothing else is done.
naught but a fig leaf." More seriously, McReynolds argues here that gender and class relations reconfigured class and gender hierarchies and bonds.
"The board is now a fig leaf, and the evidence is the pattern of having the CEO be the presiding officer of the board," Monks says.
``It does not even have the fig leaf of a United Nations blessing.''
In her essay, Hoptman actually alludes, finally, to this expansive dynamic in painting and other media, saying that drawing similarly should nor "be characterized by old criteria having to do with form, finish, and manner of execution." Yet, given the premise of drawing as a noun (and its supposed "finished" quality that arose during the '90s), and in the absence of any specific new criteria, the assertion seems part fig leaf, part fog machine.
Social acceptance, while held out as a fig leaf to the potential converts, was much harder to come by.