gloss over

  1. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
    She tried to gloss over her mistakes
    Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin
  2. treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly
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How To Use gloss over In A Sentence

  • Some foreign governments appear happy to gloss over continued human rights abuses.
  • Should we gloss over them as proof of the power of suggestion to treat psychosomatic illness?
  • If anything, this is a lively book that doesn't bog the reader down in minutia, or gloss over important details.
  • Some foreign governments appear happy to gloss over continued human rights abuses.
  • But to impose today's sensibilities can gloss over historical facts. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Historians have tended to gloss over the extent to which New Deal regulatory programs, especially minimum wage laws, prounion legislation, and the Agricultural Adjustment Acts, were pursued at the expense of African Americans. The Volokh Conspiracy » Chicago Defender on the New Deal’s National Industrial Recovery Act:
  • When something about the magic act goes wrong, a glib tongue and a humorous manner can do much to gloss over the slip so that people do not notice that anything is amiss.
  • None of this can quite gloss over the fact that Spain had so many key players missing. Times, Sunday Times
  • You gloss over the fact that the AP - no matter how they obtained the material - violated their agreement with S&S to embargo the story until the date of publication.
  • But human rights are not trifling matters and the EU, if it is to remain true to its founding principles, must not gloss over such matters.
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