sweep (something) 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 something under the rug

mainly 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.
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sweep under the rug

To avoid discussing or dealing with (something negative or troubling).
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This is not a problem that's going to be swept under the rug or is going to go away," Warner said in an interview.
We are hopeful that this sends a strong message to prison officials: Sexual assault and violence against LGBT people who are incarcerated will not be swept under the rug," said Demoya Gordon, a transgender rights attorney for the group.
But the opportunity to fix a culture of abuse that has been swept under the rug for decades was missed, as alleged victims were discouraged and asked questions such as 'what do you want to achieve with this?
It is going to be highly shameful and a disservice to the life lost, if this becomes another case swept under the rug.
Mercifully, the incident was swept under the rug, and GB managed to go home unscathed this time.
amp;nbsp;The campaign was started by actress Alyssa Milano in an attempt to uncover the magnitude of sexual harassment prevalent in society and establish that the issue cannot be swept under the rug.
Due to lack of mental health awareness, mental issues are swept under the rug and are not properly treated.
The ball of fire Sunday will end up with the election's winner, whose challenge will be to address this future generation's aspirations and grievances, which can no longer be swept under the rug.
As a savvy social media and branding strategist, journalist, and speaker, Nadya has a knack for uncovering aspects of personal identities that are usually swept under the rug.
This isn't just some 'inside the beltway' fight -- it's a question of whether the real-world risks to consumers and creators are going to be addressed or just swept under the rug.
And I love the Olympics, even these Rio games with all of its specters: the rise of Zika in Rio, the corruption and poverty being swept under the rug, the semi-banning of Russian athletes from the games for doping.
The authorities will hope that the JNU protest and Afzal Guru can be swept under the rug of the Indian conscience too.
Crump said he and attorney Walter Madison had been hired ''to try to make sure this process is transparent and that it's not swept under the rug as so many others.
The aftermath of Sarah's death is neatly swept under the rug as Cordelia's mother, Adelaide, contacts the child she gave up for adoption.