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give (one) the fig

To insult another person, typically with a rude gesture called the "fig" or "fico" (in which someone puts the thumb between the first two fingers or in the mouth). What are you giving me the fig for, I didn't even say anything insulting!
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The PGCC's most significant action in recent years has been to give the fig leaf of respectability to Saudi-UAE armed intervention in Bahrain during the uprising in March 2011.
It provides a beautiful suppleness and fragrance with gentle fruit and spice that should give the fig a run for its money.