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noun [countable]     fig leaf pronunciation in American English
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singularfig leaf
pluralfig leaves
  1. 1
    a leaf from a fig tree. You often see a fig leaf covering the sex organs of people in paintings.
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  2. 2
    something that hides another thing that is considered morally wrong
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In the Bible, Adam and Eve used leaves from a fig tree to cover their sex organs.


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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