Simple Definition of fig leaf
: the leaf of a fig tree
: something that prevents embarrassment or criticism by covering or hiding something
Full Definition of fig leaf
1 : the leaf of a fig tree
2 [from the use by Adam and Eve of fig leaves to cover their nakedness after eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:7)] : something that conceals or camouflages usually inadequately or dishonestly
Examples of fig leaf in a sentence
Opponents claim that the humanitarian goals of the project are just a fig leaf, and that its real purpose is to make money.
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