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.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • 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

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  • 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 — {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

  • gloss over — Synonyms and related words: account, allow for, be caught napping, be neglectful, be negligent, becloud, befog, belie, blanket, blind, camouflage, cloak, cloud, color, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain, default, diminish, disguise, disregard,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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