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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: Something used to cover, usually inadequately, what may be shameful or embarrassing.
From the Biblical story (Genesis 3:7) in which Adam and Eve sew fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Earliest documented use: 1535.
“The austerity agenda has been seized by the Tories as the fig leaf behind which to progressively underfund health and social care, creating today’s crisis.”
Phil Whitaker; Health Matters; New Statesman (London, UK); Feb 2, 2018.
See more usage examples of fig leaf in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If I could be sure of doing with my books as much as my [doctor] father did for the sick! -Marcel Proust, novelist (10 Jul 1871-1922)