under the carpet

under the carpet

Kept secret or hidden from view, usually due to one's misfortune or embarrassment. The phrase is typically used with the verbs "sweep" and "brush," likened to how dirt would be swept under a carpet to hastily hide it. We need to sweep this scandal under the carpet as soon as possible. I was so mortified by my mistake that I immediately tried to brush it under the carpet.
See also: carpet
References in classic literature ?
I know of your visit to Eduardo Lucas, of your giving him this document, of your ingenious return to the room last night, and of the manner in which you took the letter from the hiding-place under the carpet.
We generate a brief, loud noise, first without any carpet, then with a glued-down carpet sample, and thirdly, with a sample of carpet cushion installed under the carpet.
It also is advisable to seal carpet seams well and, perhaps, choose a carpet with an impervious moisture barrier backing system and/or seal concrete slabs under the carpet in order to minimize the absorption of spills.
Order the equivalent amount of pad to go under the carpet and purchase enough tackless strips to go around the perimeter of the room.