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Extending a fig leaf

Uttered by Andrew Marr on LBC radio station in the UK, when explaining that Ukraine could offer Putin an option to save face and to end the conflict – a route towards a mutual agreement that gets us out of the terrible predicament.

He actually meant “Offering an olive branch” or “Extending an olive branch“.

Where does the “Fig leaf” bit come from?

Andrew Marr confused an “olive branch” with a “fig leaf”.

The “Fig Leaf” is a modesty thing, worn over one’s privates (genitals), a la Adam & Eve.

If a fig leaf is covering one’s privates, “extending” the fig leaf is an interesting thought.

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