gloss over

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, ↑do by
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Something ——s something Adjective/Noun

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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

2. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
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Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin

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She tried to gloss over her mistakes

Syn: ↑whitewash, ↑sleek over, ↑hush up
Derivationally related forms: ↑whitewash (for: ↑whitewash)
Hypernyms: ↑cover, ↑cover up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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gloss over
To explain away, render more acceptable
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Main Entry:gloss

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ˌgloss ˈover [transitive] [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] phrasal verb
to ignore or avoid unpleasant facts

He could no longer gloss over his failures.

Thesaurus: to pretend something is not happening or is not the casesynonym
Main entry: gloss

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gloss over [phrasal verb]
gloss over (something) : to treat or describe (something, such as a serious problem or error) as if it were not important

He glossed over the accident.

The problems were ignored or glossed over.

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Main Entry:gloss

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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 period glossed …   New idioms dictionary

  • gloss over — index cloak, discount (disbelieve), neglect, pretermit, prevaricate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law 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

  • 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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