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Definition of rug noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a piece of thick material like a small carpet, that is used for covering or decorating part of a floor (= that covers part of the floor of a room) an oriental rug a sheepskin rug
  2. 2(informal) = toupee
  3. Idioms
    pull the rug (out) from under somebody's feet (informal)
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    to take help or support away from someone suddenly
    sweep something under the rug
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    to try to stop people from finding out about something wrong, illegal, embarrassing, etc. that has happened or that you have done An earlier report, implicating several top officials, was conveniently swept under the rug.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rug