paper over the cracks

Definition of paper over the cracks

chiefly British

  1. :  to hide problems We have to acknowledge these problems. We can't just paper over the cracks.

Word by Word Definitions

paperplay
  1. :  a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension

    :  a similar sheet of other material (such as plastic)

    :  a piece of paper

  1. :  to put down or describe in writing

    :  to fold or enclose in paper

    :  to cover or line with paper

  1. :  made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché

    :  papery

    :  of or relating to clerical work or written communication

overplay
  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

crackplay cracks
  1. :  to make a very sharp explosive sound

    :  to break, split, or snap apart

    :  fail: such as

  1. :  a loud roll or peal

    :  a sudden sharp noise

    :  a sharp witty remark :  quip

  1. :  of superior excellence or ability


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