sweep (something) under the rug

Definition of sweep (something) under the rug

US
:to hide (something that is illegal, embarrassing, or wrong)
  • He tried to sweep his past mistakes under the rug.

Word by Word Definitions

sweep play
  1. : to remove from a surface with or as if with a broom or brush

  2. : to destroy completely : wipe out

  3. : to remove or take with a single continuous forceful action

  1. : something that sweeps or works with a sweeping motion: such as

  2. : a long pole or timber pivoted on a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well

  3. : a triangular cultivator blade that cuts off weeds under the soil surface

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

rug play
  1. : lap robe

  2. : a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering

  3. : a floor mat of an animal pelt


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