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gloss over

His expression is glossed over with hardness now and he watches me as I put my ID back into my pocket.
Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly — especially to cover up something that is bad
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  • His expression is glossed over with hardness now and he watches me as I put my ID back into my pocket.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • She told them, specifically, and didn’t gloss over her fear.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • And though he was smiling faintly, Laila sensed something troubled and wounded beneath, disappointment and defeat glossed over with a veneer of good humor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She had to live it and it was too brutal, too hostile, for her even to try to gloss over its harshness with a smile.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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  • Let us be frank and not gloss over words.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Yet this Fremen reaction and the obvious element of the Arrakeen diet high in spice were glossed over by Bene Gesserit observers.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She could think of nothing better: and though there was something in it which her own heart could not approve—something of ingratitude, merely glossed over—it must be done, or what would become of Harriet?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It was exactly as if they had both had at heart to gloss over any recent little friction.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But Levin, as he talked to his brother, was continually looking round at Vronsky, trying to think of something to say to him to gloss over his rudeness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The whole incident was glossed over with general remarks, but Mrs. Hurstwood gave the subject considerable thought.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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  • She did not attempt to gloss over facts, as so many might have been tempted to do, but went straight to the point with an admirable candour.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I’ve gone through this before with others and have usually been able to gloss over awkward moments.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I have not glossed over matters for policy’s sake, for I fear we have already gone too far in that sort of thing.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He once asked me to tell him about my African trip and I simply glossed over it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • My sister, unlike most of her new friends in the garden club and Junior League, did not gloss over her wild past, maintaining instead that it had been crucial to her development as a person.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Her way of glossing over the transaction with Trenor he regarded at once as a tribute to his own acuteness, and a confirmation of his suspicions.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • In their autobiographies, they recounted great races in intimate detail, but falls and injuries were glossed over with the most perfunctory language.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But so long accustomed to suppress emotion and keep down reality, so long schooled for her own purposes in that destructive school which shuts up the natural feelings of the heart like flies in amber and spreads one uniform and dreary gloss over the good and bad, the feeling and the unfeeling, the sensible and the senseless, she had subdued even her wonder until now.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I saw us as equals, but in doing so, perhaps I glossed over the things she could not overlook.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You can gloss over it, you can write it with style and intelligence, but it’s still gossip.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Observe how ingenuously he underlines certain words, and how crudely he glosses over his hidden thoughts.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • However, my dear, I may have glossed over an item that was extremely helpful in negotiations with my client.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • As she talked about Peter, I had the disturbing thought that maybe he was one suspect we had glossed over too quickly.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • From my insider’s vantage point, I recognized the attempts to gloss over the real reasons these dogs were back on the market.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • I glossed over the beginning, skipping the motorcycles and the voices, but telling her everything else right up to today’s misadventure.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • All anti-monarchical parts of scripture have been very smoothly glossed over in monarchical governments, but they undoubtedly merit the attention of countries which have their governments yet to form.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • You’ll not find the crucifixion glossed over and prettified here, the way the Romanesque period thought it best to deal with things—no kingly crown, no majestic triumph over the world and martyrdom.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Or A Highly Biased and Selective History of Hogwarts, Which Glosses Over the Nastier Aspects of the School.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Seeking to gloss over the sticky moment, he said, "We’ve just been checking the last-minute stuff, Griphook.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He wanted the sweetness she tried to gloss over, the fragility she tried to deny.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • His eyes are glossing over again and he’s in absolute agony, holding my face in his hands.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • There was a warder behind each of us, and I decided I would simply gloss over what she had said, and mumbled, "Ah, well, Ma, it is nothing."
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This larger goal wouldn’t be the imitation of education in Universities today, glossed over and concealed by grades and degrees that give the appearance of something happening when, in fact, almost nothing is going on.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But they also served another purpose—one that little Hans Castorp likewise noted, if not admitting it to himself in so many words; in particular, the masses of flowers and more especially the very well represented tuberoses were there for a more sobering reason—and that was to gloss over the other side of death, the one that is neither beautiful nor sad, but almost indecent in its base physicality, to make people forget it or at least not be reminded of it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The laughter came in loud snorts, until in his dismay he thought better of it and suddenly recovered, coughed, and tried to gloss over his inane conduct by any means possible; but he was relieved to see—a relief that contained the seeds of renewed disquiet—that Hans Castorp had paid no attention at all to what had happened, although he could hardly not have noticed, but simply passed over it with a disregard that did not look like tact, consideration, or politeness, but instead like…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It required no effort of imagination for Hans Castorp to share in the tenor’s ecstasy and gratitude, but as he sat there with folded hands, staring at the little black louvers, from between whose slats this all burst forth, ultimately what he felt, understood, and relished was the victorious ideality of music, of art, of human emotions, their sublime and incontrovertible ability to gloss over the crude horrors of reality.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Then he heaved a sigh and said, "I will not attempt to gloss over the specific forms life’s natural cruelty takes in your society.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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