Sweep under the Rug

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To ignore or overlook unpleasant matters, to hide something unpleasant from others

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  • Just imagine would you like to welcome or expect someone in your messy house? Off course not, you will instantly put all the mess under the rug before receiving someone important. Since 20th century, the phrase meant to hide unpleasant matters or avoid dealing with obnoxious and horrid matters. If a famous personality does not like to disclose his or her unpleasant or embarrassing facts or events, he or she is sweeping that under the rug.
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Just when the kids listened the sound of their fathers coming, they immediately swept all the mess of the room under the rug.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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