gloss over

Definition of gloss over

  1. :  to treat or describe (something, such as a serious problem or error) as if it were not important He glossed over the accident. The problems were ignored or glossed over.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a surface luster or brightness :  shine

    :  a deceptively attractive appearance

    :  bright often superficial attractiveness

  1. :  to give a gloss to

  1. :  a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression

    :  a false and often willfully misleading interpretation (as of a text)

    :  glossary

  1. :  to provide a gloss for :  explain, define

    :  interpret

    :  to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation

  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

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