smooth over

Definition of smooth over

  1. :  to make (a disagreement, problem, difficulty, etc.) seem less serious than it really is Don't worry about missing the application deadline—we'll smooth that over with the office. She smoothed over the objections to his candidacy.

Word by Word Definitions

smoothplay
  1. :  having a continuous even surface

    :  being the representation of a function with a continuous first derivative

    :  having or being a short even coat of hair — compare rough, wirehaired

  1. :  to make smooth

    :  to free from what is harsh or disagreeable :  polish

    :  soothe

  1. :  a smooth part

    :  the act of smoothing

    :  a smoothing implement

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


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