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gloss over

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Definition treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly — especially to cover up something that is bad
  • 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
  • Let us be frank and not gloss over words.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She told them, specifically, and didn't gloss over her fear.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • 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 saw us as equals, but in doing so, perhaps I glossed over the things she could not overlook.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • However, my dear, I may have glossed over an item that was extremely helpful in negotiations with my client.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He once asked me to tell him about my African trip and I simply glossed over it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • 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
  • 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

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