fig leaf


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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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But the museum authorities sprang to attention and supplied a stone fig leaf which was clipped on when royals visited (an absurdity which continued until the demise of Queen Mary in 1953).
Jeff Buske, the creator of the fig leaf underwear, claims that his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing security screenings, the Telegraph reported.
Barak was seeking some way to avoid that fate, and his opportunity arose because Netanyahu was looking for a fig leaf.
Devoid of the fig leaf that Kadima's participation might have lent such a dysfunctional government, Netanyahu and his new partners will face no internal obstacles in trying to implement their wildest plans.
Or it was simple homophobia, without even the fig leaf of a medical rationale, a possibility that the ACLU should not rule out.
January shows a topless Eve wearing just a fig leaf to cover her modesty.
3 percent was a start--that was well received, but we all understand that becomes just a fig leaf if nothing else is done.
The board is now a fig leaf, and the evidence is the pattern of having the CEO be the presiding officer of the board," Monks says.
It does not even have the fig leaf of a United Nations blessing.
Fig Leaf returns to Fibresand after a slightly disappointing effort at Lingfield, while Rock Concert is another who needs to put a below-par last-time-out effort behind her.
Yet, given the premise of drawing as a noun (and its supposed "finished" quality that arose during the '90s), and in the absence of any specific new criteria, the assertion seems part fig leaf, part fog machine.
Social acceptance, while held out as a fig leaf to the potential converts, was much harder to come by.