Israeli hawks might say it provides a fig leaf for undermining the embargo.
“Unlike Fox, we're not trying to have it both ways; we are a progressive organization and there's no fig leaf,” he said.
Finally in 2003, the absurdity of the explosive numbers forced MLB to institute a fig leaf of testing.
That leaves Tzipi LIvni, who appears with each passing day to be little more than a fig leaf.
Bipartisan language used to fig leaf nakedly partisan bills.
The Vrouw was now summoned, and, after a while, made her appearance in full European fig.
They consisted of one fig, two pomegranates, and four quinces.
And after that they don't go in for much stargazing, nor do they care a fig for the world and all its thousand troubles.
Serve in glass cups and add a portion of the fig on each cup.
The diagram (fig 76) shows these splints in the horse's or ass's foot of to-day.
early 13c., from Old French figue (12c.), from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin *fica, from Latin ficus "fig tree, fig," from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language, possibly a Semitic one (cf. Phoenician pagh "half-ripe fig"). A reborrowing of a word that had been taken directly from Latin as Old English fic.
The insulting sense of the word in Shakespeare, etc. (A fig for ...) is 1570s, in part from fig as "small, valueless thing," but also from Greek and Italian use of their versions of the word as slang for "vulva," apparently because of how a ripe fig looks when split open [Rawson, Weekley]. Giving the fig (French faire la figue, Spanish dar la higa) was an indecent gesture of ancient provenance, made by putting the thumb between two fingers or into the mouth, with the intended effect of the modern gesture of "flipping the bird" (see bird (n.3)). See sycophant. Use of fig leaf in figurative sense of "flimsy disguise" (1550s) is from Gen. iii:7.
The amount of money won or lost by a gambler
[1990s+ Gambling; fr figure]