Sweep…under the Rug

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression Sweep (something) under the Rug.

What does it mean to “sweep something under the rug”?
  • To hide or ignore something embarrassing, unpleasant, illegal, damaging or wrong.
What’s the origin of “sweeping something under the rug”?
  • The origin is quite self-explanatory. You sweep dust under the rug, so it won’t be seen by other people.
Examples:
  • She used to sweep her problems under the rug, then she learned how to face them head-on.

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References:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary