the leaf of a fig tree.
a representation of a fig leaf, used as an ornament in architecture, as a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting, etc.
something intended to conceal what may be considered indecorous or indecent: to approach the facts of life with the fig leaves of roundabout expressions.
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How to use fig leaf in a sentence
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? | James Kirchick | May 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To say that a consignment is “in compliance” with packing regulations is a mere fig leaf.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo | Clive Irving | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Finally in 2003, the absurdity of the explosive numbers forced MLB to institute a fig leaf of testing.
This fig leaf of legality must be stripped away, otherwise violence will persist.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan | Akshaya Kumar | December 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ali Gharib | June 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He laughed weakly at the recollection, for she had been as innocent of garb as Eve before the fig-leaf adventure.The Red One | Jack London
"It is merely a fig leaf which this Adam is employing to hide his shame," said Luther.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2 | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
It was simply that a naked truth, deprived of the last fig leaf, circulated concerning every one.I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
First you must know that several tribes go completely naked and wear but the fig leaf.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime | William Henry Atherton
I would not give a fig or a fig-leaf to know the truth of it, as far as any man can teach it me.Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for fig leaf
a leaf from a fig tree
a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent
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