Definition of fig leaf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    fig leaf

    BrE BrE//ˈfɪɡ liːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪɡ liːf//
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  1. 1a leaf of a fig tree, traditionally used for covering the sex organs of naked bodies in paintings and on statues
  2. 2a thing that is used to hide an embarrassing fact or situation
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: with reference to the story of Adam and Eve in the Christian Bible (Gen. 3:7).
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