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|English term or phrase: sweep under the electoral carpet|
|Very soon there seemed to be a different Clinton fianc¨¦e in every town. His affair with one of the Fayetteville student volunteers was common knowledge---indeed, impossible to sweep under the electoral carpet.|
|English translation:use the election to obscure/hide|
As has already been explained, "to sweep under the carpet" means to hide, but not, please note, to get rid of, something unpleasant, where "carpet" is the thing that covers the unpleasant thing in question . It most usually refers to a secret, or something which the person involved would rather was not in the open (hence under the carpet). Something which is impossible to hide under the carpet is therefore somethign which is no longer a secret.
To "sweep under the electoral carpet" means that the metaphorical carpet is the election, in other words to hide the secret under the cover of all the interest and distaction that the election itself causes. "Impossible to the sweep under the electoral carpet" is therefore roughly = "to the election could not hide"
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