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sweep (something) under the carpet
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 carpet. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the carpet. Nothing will get resolved like that!
sweep something under the carpet
1. Lit. to hide dirt by brushing it away under the edge of a carpet. He was in such a hurry with the cleaning that he just swept the dirt under the carpet. She swept the dirt under the carpet, hoping no one would find it.
2. Fig. to hide or ignore something. You made a mistake that you can't sweep under the carpet. Don't try to sweep it under the carpet. You are wrong!
sweep something under the carpetBRITISH
COMMON If you sweep a problem under the carpet, you try to hide it and forget about it. People often hope that if they sweep something under the carpet the problem will go away, but that is not the case. Note: Verbs such as brush and push are sometimes used instead of sweep. The problem has been brushed under the carpet for decades. Note: The usual American expression is sweep something under the rug.
sweep something under the carpethide or ignore a problem or difficulty in the hope that it will be forgotten.
1996 Iain Pears Death & Restoration Many others would merely have swept all our problems under the carpet, and left them until they became too difficult to solve.