gloss over something

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 period glossed over the worst human-rights problems in the region.


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  • 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) 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 — 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 — try to conceal or pass over (something unfavourable). → gloss …   English new terms dictionary

  • gloss over — verb a) To cover up a mistake or a crime; to hush up or whitewash. They glossed over the problem, hoping that the customers wouldnt notice. b) To treat something with less care than it deserves; to skimp. This …   Wiktionary

  • gloss — gloss1 [ glɔs ] noun 1. ) singular or uncount the shiny surface of something such as paper, paint, or a photograph: a paint that gives a high (=very shiny) gloss a ) the shiny and attractive appearance of something, especially someone s hair 2. ) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gloss — gloss1 [glɔs US glo:s, gla:s] n [Sense: 1 2, 5 6; Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.] [Sense: 3 4; Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: glose, from Latin glossa unusual word that needs explaining , from Greek,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gloss — I UK [ɡlɒs] / US [ɡlɔs] noun Word forms gloss : singular gloss plural glosses 1) a) [singular/uncountable] the shiny surface of something such as paper, paint, or a photograph a paint that gives a high (= very shiny) gloss b) the shiny and… …   English dictionary

  • gloss — [[t]glɒ̱s, AM glɔ͟ːs[/t]] glosses, glossing, glossed 1) N SING A gloss is a bright shine on the surface of something. Sheets of rain were falling and produced a black gloss on the asphalt. Syn: sheen 2) N UNCOUNT Gloss is an appearance of… …   English dictionary

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