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shroud (something) in (something else)

To conceal or obfuscate something within some state or condition. They have shrouded the contract in so much jargon and obscure language that no one but legal experts will be able to understand it. I don't understand why he is shrouding his plan in so much secrecy.
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shrouds have no pockets

proverb A dead person cannot bring their material wealth or goods with them into the afterlife, so it is futile to hoard them while one is alive. (A shroud is a sheet wrapped around a dead body for burial.) Though he made a great deal of money, he was one of the most miserly, uncharitable people I ever knew. It just seems like such a waste now that he's dead, seeing as a shroud has no pockets. The preacher told us that shrouds have no pockets, so it is more important to seek spiritual wealth.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shroud someone or something in something

to wrap or conceal someone or something in something. They shrouded Mr. Carlson in sailcloth and prepared him for burial at sea. They shrouded the decision in a series of formalities.
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Shrouds have no pockets.

Prov. You cannot take any material goods with you when you die. You should use your money to enjoy yourself while you're alive. Shrouds have no pockets.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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