gloss over

Definition of gloss 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.

Word by Word Definitions

gloss play
  1. : a surface luster or brightness : shine

  2. : a deceptively attractive appearance

  3. : bright often superficial attractiveness

  1. : to mask the true nature of : give a deceptively attractive appearance to

  2. : to deal with (a subject or problem) too lightly or not at all

  3. : 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

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

  3. : glossary

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

  2. : interpret

  3. : to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation

  1. : tongue

  2. : language

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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