skate over/around

Definition of skate over/around

:to avoid talking about (something) especially because it is difficult to talk about or embarrassing
  • He skated over the issue.

Word by Word Definitions

skate play
  1. : any of a family (Rajidae, especially genus Raja) of rays with the pectoral fins greatly developed giving the fish a flat diamond shape

  1. : a metal frame that can be fitted to the sole of a shoe and to which is attached a runner or a set of wheels for gliding over ice or a surface other than ice

  2. : roller skate

  3. : ice skate

  1. : to glide along on skates propelled by the alternate action of the legs

  2. : to slip or glide as if on skates

  3. : to proceed in a superficial or blithe manner

  1. : a thin awkward-looking or decrepit horse : nag

  2. : fellow

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

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation


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