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  • v. To cover up a mistake or a crime; to hush up or whitewash.
  • v. To treat something with less care than it deserves; to skimp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
  • v. treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly


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  • Women can gloss over every thing with the varnish of sentiment or duty; and of course, madam, you, with your smiles and roses, never knew what remorse meant; but I tell you, that remorse is the only hell a noble-minded man can dread.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • As they advance through school, like Pedro, they are apt to overutilize clues from sentences, engaging in a guessing game in which they gloss over some of the words due to their incomplete perceiving of the language sounds; they then strive to supply those missing words based on what would make sense.

    A Mind at a Time

  • When suddenly it seemed that these might become real, they were bound to seize on that hope and to gloss over any flaws in the evidence-not even aware that they were doing so.

    Hokas Pokas

  • Often, most commonly, you have not even the flimsey plea of passion to gloss over your crime.

    Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck

  • Secondly, the dream is re-interpreted by Jung's "constructive method" so as to gloss over the gross Freudian phallicism.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Frenzied activity began, to put a gloss over the horrors of the camp system.


  • In such a climate, any assertion of shared ideals or common values might seem hopelessly na├»ve, if not downright dangerous-an attempt to gloss over serious differences in policy and performance or, worse, a means of muffling the complaints of those who feel ill served by our current institutional arrangements.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • Overruled in his own opinions, compelled to deliver, and to gloss over those of his opponents, and even to keep their secrets, he could not come forward in his own attitude.

    Memoir Correspondence And Miscellanies


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