sweep under the rug

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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. 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!
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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]
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sweep under the rug

To avoid discussing or dealing with (something negative or troubling).
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sweep (something) under the rug, to

To conceal something. This allusion to hiding household dust or debris by sweeping it under a rug or carpet was used figuratively only from the mid-twentieth century. It appeared in the Boston Globe in 1979: “Attempts to sweep the Chappaquiddick scandal under the rug have not succeeded.”
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From the perspective of events, J'accuse marked Zola's emergence as a key participant, but as a piece of political journalism, it is neither as compelling nor as incisive as the letters written in 1899-1900 to protest an amnesty bill intended to sweep under the rug what remained of the affair.
A Few Good Men suffers similarly from a subtext the playwright, Aaron Sorkin, has tried to sweep under the rug.
She is right, of course; we should not air our dirty linen in public and just sweep under the rug everything wrong that this administration does.
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I would never condone, sweep under the rug or refuse to take any step to ensure we did not eradicate any behavior of this kind," Madigan wrote in a letter to Democratic caucus members on Friday.
Fake news, the outrageous, the half-truths, the outright lies, the misleading headlines, and even the crass jokes and the profanity that accompany the President's every appearance on our television screens - these are all nothing but the sticks that make up the broom that this Administration and its supporters use to sweep under the rug their crimes, their incompetencies, their laziness, their lack of dedication to the public's interests, their broken campaign promises,' said De Lima.
My fear is that there will soon be too much to sweep under the rug.