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brush (something) under the rug
To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the rug. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the rug.
pull the rug (out) from under (someone's) feet
To suddenly or unexpectedly remove or rescind support, help, or assistance from someone; to abruptly leave someone in a problematic or difficult situation. I felt like someone had pulled the rug out from under my feet when my health insurance said it was going to stop paying for my medical bills. I'd love to up and quit my job, but I just can't pull the rug from under their feet like that.
under the rug
Kept secret or hidden from view, usually due to one's misfortune or embarrassment. The phrase is typically used with the verbs "sweep" and "brush," likened to how dirt would be swept under a rug to hastily hide it. We need to sweep this scandal under the rug as soon as possible. I was so mortified by my mistake that I immediately tried to brush it under the rug.
See also: rug
be (as) snug as a bug in a rug
To be warm and cozy, typically while wrapped in blankets. My daughters are all snug as a bug in a rug watching a movie together. I hate the cold weather, so I look forward to bedtime—when I can be as snug as a bug in a rug.
pull the rug (out) from under (someone)
To suddenly or unexpectedly remove or rescind support, help, or assistance from someone; to abruptly leave someone in a problematic or difficult situation. I felt like someone had pulled the rug out from under me when my health insurance said it was going to stop paying for my medical bills. I'd love to quit my job, but I just can't pull the rug from under my team like that.
cut a rug
To dance. Come on Millie, you love this song—let's cut a rug! It was hard to find a spot on the dance floor with so many other couple cutting a rug.
sweep (something) under the rug
To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. Primarily heard in UK. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the rug. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the rug. Nothing will get resolved like that!
call someone on the carpetand haul someone on the carpet
Fig. to reprimand a person. (When done by someone of clear superiority. Haul is stronger than call.) One more error like that and the big boss will call you on the carpet. I'm sorry it went wrong. I really hope the regional manager doesn't call me on the carpet again.
lie like a rug
S/. to tell lies shamelessly. He says he didn't take the money, but he's lying like a rug. I don't believe her. She lies like a rug.
pull the rug out (from under someone)
Fig. to make someone or someone's plans fall through; to upset someone's plans. Don pulled the rug out from under me in my deal with Bill Franklin. I was close to getting the contract until Don came along and pulled out the rug.
Sl. a small child, especially an infant or toddler. (Also a term of address.) You got any rug rats at your house? Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here.
*snug as a bug in a rug
Cliché wrapped up tight, warm, and comfortable. (Playful; often used when addressing a child. *Also: as ~.) The bedroom in Aunt Jane's house was cold, but after she wrapped me up in four or five quilts and put a stocking cap on my head, I was snug as a bug in a rug and ready to go to sleep. Alan: Are you warm enough? Jane: Yes, I'm as snug as a bug in a rug.
call on the carpet
Summon for a scolding or rebuke, as in Suspecting a leak to the press, the governor called his press secretary on the carpet. This term began as on the carpet, which in the early 1700s referred to a cloth (carpet) covering a conference table and therefore came to mean "under consideration or discussion." In 19th-century America, however, carpet meant "floor covering," and the expression, first recorded in 1902, alluded to being called before or reprimanded by a person rich or powerful enough to have a carpet.
pull the rug out from under
Remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly. For example, Stopping his allowance pulled the rug out from under him, forcing him to look for a job . This metaphoric term alludes to pulling on a rug a person is standing on so that he or she falls. [Mid-1900s]
snug as a bug in a rug
Very cozy and comfortable, as in During the blizzard we had plenty of firewood and stayed in the cottage, snug as a bug in a rug . This expression, thought to allude to a moth larva happily feeding inside a rolled-up carpet, was first recorded in 1769 and probably owes its long life to the rhyme.
sweep under the rug
Hide something, as in Their attempts to sweep the scandal under the rug were not very successful. This idiom alludes to sweeping dust under the rug, so it won't be seen. [Mid-1900s]
snug as a bug in a rugBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is as snug as a bug in a rug, they are very warm and comfortable, usually in a bed. Kitty was curled up in bed, as snug as a bug in a rug.
cut a rugor
cut the rugAMERICAN
If you cut a rug or cut the rug, you dance in a lively and energetic way. Some of the mothers had a great time cutting a rug alongside their teenage daughters. Most of those on the crowded dance floor cutting the rug were over 50.
pull the rug from under someone/somethingor
pull the rug from under someone's feet
COMMON If someone pulls the rug from under someone or something or pulls the rug from under someone's feet, they suddenly stop helping and supporting them. Just when we got close to saving the shipyard, the Government pulled the rug from under our feet. The banks may yet pull the rug from under the project.
sweep something under the rugmainly AMERICAN
If you sweep something under the rug, you try to hide it and forget about it because it makes you feel embarrassed or ashamed. Executives swept the theft under the rug, hoping to avoid being accused of mismanagement by directors and shareholders. Some of the most appalling crimes went unpunished, swept under the rug in order to placate the military. Note: Other verbs such as brush and push are sometimes used instead of sweep. You can't just brush this one under the rug. Note: The usual British expression is sweep something under the carpet.
lie like a rug
in. to tell lies shamelessly. He says he didn’t take the money, but he’s lying like a rug.
n. a wig or toupee. (see also divot.) I wear just a little rug to cover up a shiny spot.
rug ratand ankle biter
n. a child. Hey, you cute little rug rat, come over here. I got three little ankle biters at home.
n. a toupee; a man’s wig. I think he is wearing a sky rug.
pull the rug (out) from underInformal
To remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly.
sweep under the rug
To avoid discussing or dealing with (something negative or troubling).