paper over

papered over; papering over; papers over

Definition of paper over

transitive verb

1 : to gloss over, explain away, or patch up (differences, disparities, etc.) especially in order to maintain a semblance of unity or agreement

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Examples of paper over in a Sentence

the differences between the two factions are too great to be papered over in the name of party unity the company tried to paper over its red ink, issuing assurances that it was still financially sound

First Known Use of paper over

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paper over was in 1910

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“Paper over.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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