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Meaning of fig leaf

fig' leaf"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the leaf of a fig tree.
  2. a representation of a fig leaf, used as an ornament in architecture, as a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting, etc.
  3. something intended to conceal what may be considered indecorous or indecent: to approach the facts of life with the fig leaves of roundabout expressions.
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