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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.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

hide a multitude of sins

To conceal things that are unattractive or problematic. I need to wear a girdle to hide a multitude of sins. New drywall will hide a multitude of sins in the kitchen.
See also: hide, multitude, of, sin

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.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

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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An oversized knit hides a multitude of sins, but balance it out with something fitted on your bottom half to avoid looking swamped.
Amanda in cutaway Stella McCartney was a particular standout look, and it is easy to see why you would choose black - it is slimming and hides a multitude of sins.
The full skirt is having a major fashion moment this season and it's a trend we can all dabble with because it hides a multitude of sins, plus the high waist cinches you in at your smallest part.
The industry ignores or hides a multitude of sins so very well, but there is no hiding place from horse welfare.
The point made by Martin Kressman that 1.5kW is too low a value when predicting the number of houses supplied by a wind turbine (Letters, PE, 18 August) should not be dismissed lightly as the misuse of this statistic hides a multitude of sins. With an average consumption of 1.5kW, the 20 million homes in the UK would require an electricity supply of 30,000MW--which is about correct, but that is only part of the picture.
Because it hides a multitude of sins - from lumpy waistlines to non-existent bustlines.
"Garry is a good finisher and we would like him to score more goals but sometimes a goal hides a multitude of sins."
The loose tunic shape hides a multitude of sins and a pair of mega platform shoes will elongate your legs making them look longer and slimmer.
Not only is layering the trend, it hides a multitude of sins. You can conceal big hips, wobbly tummies and other lumps or bumps under long-line jumpers and T-shirts.