Definition of Gloss over

1. Verb. Treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly.

Exact synonyms: Skate Over, Skimp Over, Slur Over, Smooth Over
Generic synonyms: Do By, Handle, Treat



2. Verb. Cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error. "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"
Exact synonyms: Hush Up, Sleek Over, Whitewash
Generic synonyms: Cover, Cover Up
Derivative terms: Whitewash

Definition of Gloss over

1. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To cover up a mistake or a crime; to hush up or whitewash. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To treat something with less care than it deserves; to skimp. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gloss Over

glory-holes
glory-of-the-snow
glory box
glory boxes
glory days
glory fern
glory holes
glory lily
glory pea
gloryholers
glorying
gloss
gloss-
gloss over (current term)
glossa
glossae
glossagra
glossal
glossalgia
glossanthrax
glossarial
glossarially
glossaries
glossarist
glossarists
glossary
glossas
glossata

Literary usage of Gloss over

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1. The Grecian History: From the Earliest State to the Death of Alexander the Great by Oliver Goldsmith (1826)
"... of his mental accomplishments. at bottom; and while friendship seemed to gloss over external appearances, fresh discontents were gathering below. 4. ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"Extenuate, palliate, colur, apologize for, gloss over. ... gloss over. Disguise, varnish, color, palliate, endeavor to excuse, extenuate, make plausible. ..."

3. The Panchatantra-text of Purnabhadra by Johannes Hertel (1912)
"... ti II 15 Cop. of <* gloss over deva: he\\ N asmi for asmin II 19 In bh gloss on ... cop. of "t gloss over ..."

4. Works by Irish Archaeological and Celtic Society (1869)
"Angelorum There is a gloss over this word which is almost illegible. All that can be read with any certainty is as follows:—".1. is angeli in celo. ..."

5. The War and Humanity: A Further Discussion of the Ethics of the World War by James Montgomery Beck (1917)
"The State Department has preferred, however, to gloss over the whole ... Why should the State Department have been under such pains to gloss over this ..."

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