sweep something under the carpet

sweep something under the carpet
to try to avoid dealing with a problem

You can't just sweep these issues under the carpet.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • sweep something under the rug — (or carpet) conceal or ignore a problem or difficulty in the hope that it will be forgotten * * * sweep (something) under the rug see ↑sweep, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑rug sweep (something) under the rug (US) (or chiefly Brit swee …   Useful english dictionary

  • sweep something under the carpet — conceal or ignore a problem or difficulty in the hope that it will be forgotten. → carpet …   English new terms dictionary

  • sweep under the carpet — To hide from someone s notice, put out of one s mind (unpleasant problems or facts) ● carpet * * * sweep (something) under the carpet see ↑sweep, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑carpet …   Useful english dictionary

  • sweep under the carpet — sweep (something) under the carpet British, American & Australian, American & Australian to try to hide a problem or keep a problem secret instead of dealing with it. The incident has forced into the open an issue that the government would rather …   New idioms dictionary

  • sweep under the rug — verb to conceal something in the hopes it won t be discovered by others (Freq. 1) The president tried to sweep the embarrassing incident under the rug • Hypernyms: ↑hide, ↑conceal • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * sweep ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • sweep under the rug —    If you sweep something under the rug (or carpet), you try to hide it because it is embarrassing.     They tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • carpet — late 13c., coarse cloth; mid 14c., tablecloth, bedspread; from O.Fr. carpite heavy decorated cloth, from M.L. carpita thick woolen cloth, pp. of L. carpere to card, pluck, probably so called because it was made from unraveled, shreded, plucked… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sweep — sweep1 [ swip ] (past tense and past participle swept [ swept ] ) verb ** ▸ 1 clean with long brush ▸ 2 move/spread quickly ▸ 3 look at/search ▸ 4 stretch over large area ▸ 5 win easily ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive or transitive to clean a floor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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