gloss over

phrasal verb

glossed over; glossing over; glosses over
: 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.

Examples of gloss over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaders, including von der Leyen, have glossed over national complaints about her treatment of groups that do not meet her conservative family values or accusations of placing limits on press freedom. Eli Joseph, Fortune Europe, 5 June 2024 The reasons for this are well documented by scholars of civil war and counterinsurgency but glossed over by our generals and politicians and obscured by the myths of American exceptionalism and our righteous war on terror. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 And perhaps Serebrennikov wanted to avoid the same disenchantment, which is why his film glosses over many of the more troubling incidents that Carrère’s book outlines. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 19 May 2024 Too often, the president trumpets the strength of the macroeconomy, especially historically low unemployment, while appearing to gloss over the fact that Americans do not actually feel that the economy is good, despite impressive job growth and a stock market at record highs. Douglas Schoen, Orange County Register, 17 May 2024 So much ground was covered in the tight hour that the most seismic news of the day, possibly the week — that Netflix would indeed be hosting live telecasts of both NFL Christmas games — was nearly glossed over. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 But there’s another concern that shouldn’t be glossed over, ESPN’s Tim Legler said this week. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 May 2024 On the other hand, the expansion gives Purvis sufficient time to dwell on period-establishing and character-developing details often glossed over in films depicting the struggle for survival in 19th-century frontier days. Joe Leydon, Variety, 8 Mar. 2024 Both angler and artist are always reading, attuned to details that others might gloss over. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2024

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“Gloss over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gloss%20over. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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