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

     

    fig leaf

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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 Origin early 16th cent.: with reference to the story of Adam and Eve in the Christian Bible (Gen. 3:7).
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