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.
Recent Examples of fig leaf from the Web
The Facebook internal team’s fig leaf rationalization was to point out that using Facebook to have meaningful interactions with close friends and family makes people happier.
The ice cream is served with fig leaf oil and whipped blood orange.
And the firing of Comey was predicated ostensibly on a review by Rosenstein of his handing of the Clinton email investigation, but that is generally understood to have been something of a fig leaf.
These modern-day fig leaves convey the show’s NSFW themes and content in a clear but playful way, without altering the actual artworks.
Give or take a fig leaf or two, the likely successor to the topless craze — already four years old — adds up to complete nudity.
The authors of the proposal are not seriously addressing anyone to the left of Lindsey Graham anyway, merely tacking up a convenient fig leaf for the talking heads of the Murdoch media.
Even the vague fig leaf Trump offered of donating foreign profits has been completely ignored.
Robert Shibley, a lawyer with a free speech watchdog group, says the IRS invocation is a fig leaf for administrators who want to ban political speech.
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First Known Use of fig leaf
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Definition of fig leaf for English Language Learners
: the leaf of a fig tree
: something that prevents embarrassment or criticism by covering or hiding something
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