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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!
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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!
See also: carpet, sweep

sweep something under the carpet

BRITISH
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.
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sweep something under the carpet

hide 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.
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sweep/brush something under the ˈcarpet

(American English also sweep something under the ˈrug) (informal) hide something which might cause trouble, or which you do not want other people to know: No matter how unwelcome the results of the enquiry may be, they must not be swept under the carpet.
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This traditional battle cannot be swept under the carpet by a call to "live in peace" at one season of the year.
Over the years there has been so many of us swept under the carpet that it's getting quite cramped, so much so you could trip over us.
For too long it has been ignored or swept under the carpet.
We will carry on to shout about this issue because it is being swept under the carpet.
It raises the profile and reputation of an organisation which has the welfare of all women at heart and also offers a vital contribution to the discussion of an issue which is too often swept under the carpet.
And so it came as no surprise on Friday when the case of Jack Warner, the VP found guilty of violating FIFA's Code of Ethics because of his involvement with a Trinidad travel agency, was swept under the carpet with the decision that there was no case to answer.
If he doesn't, his case will be swept under the carpet just like all the other incidences of bullying.
This must be thorough - it is not an issue to be swept under the carpet.
I don't intend to be swept under the carpet by city government, the LAPD, or you.
It is not acceptable for vital issues such as malpractice and theft to be simply swept under the carpet as though they never happened.
According to the source, when owners refuse to pay bribes, their files are swept under the carpet and they are made to visit the office again and again on one or the other pretext.
The whole topic was swept under the carpet and never talked about.
Thanks to the brave actions of whistleblowers in recent times though this will not be swept under the carpet.
No doubt something which will be conveniently swept under the carpet in certain quarters.
This is quite true, because the fact is, Royal supporters don't want to hear about the downside of the Royal family, it just falls on deaf ears and is swept under the carpet.