- 1a piece of thick material like a small carpet that is used for covering or decorating part of a floor a hearth rug (= in front of a fireplace) an oriental rug a sheepskin rug A Persian rug covered the polished floor. There were several brightly coloured rugs scattered around. See related entries: Furniture
- 2(British English) a piece of thick warm material, like a blanket, that is used for wrapping around your legs to keep warm a travelling rug a tartan rug
- 3(informal, especially North American English) = toupee Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a type of coarse woollen cloth): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect rugga
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 the government, had been conveniently swept under the carpet.