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I was wondering what it means as analogy that

quite a few things are swept under the rug.

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Swept under the rug (or carpet) is an idiom meaning to conceal something that is embarrassing that you don't want other people to know about.

Think about cleaning the floor. You have all the dirt, and are too lazy or out of time to find something to pick it up, so you lift the corner of the rug and sweep it there.

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The idiom carries this meaning of concealing or disposing of something instead of dealing with it correctly. –  Beta Feb 15 '11 at 2:07
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+1 for cleaning tip –  Tom Gullen Feb 15 '11 at 9:48
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