fig leaf


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fig leaf

n.
1. A stylized representation of the leaf of a fig, used especially to conceal genitals depicted in works of art.
2. Something that serves as a usually insufficient concealment or camouflage: "Many fallen executives are still allowed the fig leaf of 'resignation'" (David Pauly).

fig leaf

n
1. (Bible) a leaf from a fig tree
2. (Art Terms) 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
3. a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent

fig′ leaf`


n.
1. the leaf of a fig tree.
2. a representation of a fig leaf, esp. a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting.
3. something intended to conceal what may be considered improper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fig leaf - a leaf from a fig treefig leaf - a leaf from a fig tree    
foliage, leaf, leafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
2.fig leaf - a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
Translations
viikunanlehti
Feigenblattvijgenblad

fig leaf

n (lit, fig)Feigenblatt nt

fig leaf

nfoglia di fico
References in classic literature ?
All his finery was gone; he was naked as when he was born, with the exception of a scanty flap that answered the purpose of a fig leaf.
He replied in the most natural and self-complacent style imaginable, "that he had been among his cousins, who were very poor; they had been delighted to see him; still more delighted with his good fortune; they had taken him to their arms; admired his equipments; one had begged for this; another for that"--in fine, what with the poor devil's inherent heedlessness, and the real generosity of his disposition, his needy cousins had succeeded in stripping him of all his clothes and accoutrements, excepting the fig leaf with which he had returned to camp.
And the non-democratic forces always try to throw a fig leaf of the veneer of fairyplay," continued.
Enough with the gimmicks which just serve as a fig leaf for lack of investment in sustainable transport.
Fig Leaf Software has launched a beta version of the new Washington D.
When Tony Abbott was elected he called Direct Action a fig leaf of a climate policy.
An unseen tweet about the stunt was a fig leaf, blown away by the hostile reaction.
THE one fig leaf for champions of the Bedroom Tax was that it would free up under-occupied homes for bigger families.
Fig leaf tea has been popularly prescribed for various respiratory conditions like bronchitis, and it is also used as a way to prevent and lessen the symptoms of asthmatic patients.
95) There was a time when the nude male lurked behind the long shadow of the fig leaf, nowadays naked males are everywhere.
In this work he returns to the topic in order to examine how the Tory/Lib-Dem coalition policies--"Thatcherism with the New Labour fig leaf stripped off as no longer useful.
His stunt for an "honesty library" located in the community centre in Smorrall Lane amounts to little more than a couple of bookshelves with no librarian or other library facilities; in reality it is a fig leaf for library closure.