Fig Leaf

I had never hear this expression until just a day ago.  The New York Times called something a ‘fig leaf’ and I was forced to give it a google.  Turns out that, appropriately, a fig leaf is a cover-up for something embarrassing.  This is, of course, inspired by the Bible in which Adam and Eve covered up with fig leaves to mask their nudity.  A fig leaf gesture is one which will deflect criticism.

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