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fig leaf

1. a leaf from a fig tree
2. a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
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The AFDL is a political figleaf for his personal rule.
This seems to be an attempt to use statistical subtleties as a figleaf for increasing income taxes and cutting retirement benefits.
Certain scholars, reading 20th-century preoccupation into the minds of the first White settlers, would say, without a figleaf of evidence, that the first White settlers saw Black and immediately started painting Jim Crow signs.
The quality of the individual pieces is quite high; but they are only tenuously related to one another, they do not present a comprehensive view of the subject, and there is not even the usual figleaf of an editor's conclusion to try to tie them together.
In either case, these critics argue that the Gouled regime is merely using the figleaf of multiparty rule to further intensify a military campaign against the FRUD, most notably in terms of a military offensive that allegedly is being planned for the beginning of 1993.
Of all the lousy excuses for running scared, Cameron hiding behind a Green figleaf is up there with Adam blaming Eve for that incident with the apple.
He had been defeated by the very conflict that had served as the figleaf with which he had attempted to cover his ambition for power.
H mbers them now, with good re phoney-baloney, a figleaf hide his gut resistance to the His obstinacy prevailed, and though I hate to admit it, we are better off for his muleish intransigence.
It featured the alternative bookshop Ultima Thule, and outlets called Scene, Blaise, Figleaf, Target, Beautique, Suzy's, Pot, Kaleidoscope, Muffin, Object and Witches.
The standard figleaf of the human resources brigade.
Their figleaf is to offer a voluntary carbon offset scheme to cover their flights - even though the influential Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has just noted that voluntary off-setting will have almost no effect.
The opener "The Best Kept Secret," directed by Patricia Ferreira, qualifies as the most memorable of the fictional stories--though the narrative is never more than a figleaf over the widespread child- and parent-killer of AIDS.