gloss over

gloss over
{v.} To try to make what is wrong or bad seem right or not important; try to make a thing look easy; pretend about; hide. * /Billy broke a window and Mother tried to gloss it over by saying it wouldn't cost much to have it fixed, but Father spanked Billy anyway./ * /John glossed over his mistake by saying that everybody did the same thing./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • gloss over — verb 1. treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑skate over, ↑smooth over, ↑slur over, ↑skimp over • Hypernyms: ↑treat, ↑handle, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gloss over — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms gloss over : present tense I/you/we/they gloss over he/she/it glosses over present participle glossing over past tense glossed over past participle glossed over gloss over something to ignore or avoid… …   English dictionary

  • gloss over — PHRASAL VERB If you gloss over a problem, a mistake, or an embarrassing moment, you try and make it seem unimportant by ignoring it or by dealing with it very quickly. [V P n (not pron)] Some foreign governments appear happy to gloss over… …   English dictionary

  • gloss over — cover faults or errors, cover up    Jill won t gloss over your errors. She ll tell you about them …   English idioms

  • gloss over — try to make what is wrong or bad seem right or not important, hide The accountant tried to gloss over the money that they lost last year …   Idioms and examples

  • gloss over something — ˌgloss ˈover sth derived to avoid talking about sth unpleasant or embarrassing by not dealing with it in detail • to gloss over a problem • He glossed over any splits in the party. Main entry: ↑glossderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • gloss over something — gloss over (something) to fail to deal with the importance of something. The report praised the managers but glossed over the high cost of the project. Usage notes: usually said about a problem or fault: The State Department s reports for the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • gloss over — {v.} To try to make what is wrong or bad seem right or not important; try to make a thing look easy; pretend about; hide. * /Billy broke a window and Mother tried to gloss it over by saying it wouldn t cost much to have it fixed, but Father… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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