Origin of fig1
Origin of fig2
Examples from the Web for fig
Contemporary Examples of fig
Or is Rand co-opting them by merely using his newfound adviser as a fig leaf?Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?
May 9, 2014
Finally in 2003, the absurdity of the explosive numbers forced MLB to institute a fig leaf of testing.Are Athletes Using Your Tax Dollars to Juice?
May 2, 2014
This fig leaf of legality must be stripped away, otherwise violence will persist.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan
December 9, 2013
Powers never found the house he was looking for, because he never cared a fig for how he might pay for it.A Plot Against Living: J.F. Powers’s ‘Suitable Accommodations’
D. G. Myers
August 20, 2013
That leaves Tzipi LIvni, who appears with each passing day to be little more than a fig leaf.Israeli Deputy Defense Minister: Government 'Will Be Against' Any Palestinian State
June 6, 2013
Historical Examples of fig
In his sane moments he did not care a fig for anybody's birthday.Viviette
William J. Locke
A fig for Macbeth's philosophy that "blood will have blood."
Let them boast of their Moorish gallantry and their infidel marriages—a fig for them!Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
But Gervaise ended by not caring a fig for these thwacks, not more than she did for anything else.L'Assommoir
If he be a slave who has gathered, he shall receive a stroke for every grape or fig.Laws
Word Origin for fig
verb figs, figging or figged (tr)
Word Origin for fig
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.
see under not give a damn.