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take the veil

To become a nun (and thus wear a nun's headdress). Yes, I am taking the veil and devoting my life to God.
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draw a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please draw a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to draw a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
See also: draw, over, veil

lift the veil (on something)

To divulge, explain, or reveal something that was previously a secret. Our hope is that this expedition will lift the veil on the secrets of the ancient king's tomb. The celebrity's interview purports to lift the veil on her extremely private married life.
See also: lift, veil

beyond the veil

In a strange, mystical state, often the one experienced after death. As frightened as I am to die, I'm also curious to know what it's like beyond the veil.
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cast a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please cast a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to cast a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
See also: cast, over, veil

throw a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please throw a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to throw a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
See also: over, throw, veil

draw a veil over

Conceal or avoid discussing something; keep from public knowledge. For example, Louise drew a veil over the accounting errors. [c. 1700]
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draw a veil over something

If you draw a veil over something, you deliberately do not talk about it because you want to keep it private or because it is embarrassing. It would be kinder, perhaps, to draw a veil over the party's career from 1906 to the outbreak of the War. Most of us have something in our past career over which we choose to draw a veil. Note: A veil is a piece of cloth used by a woman to cover her face.
See also: draw, over, something, veil

beyond the veil

in a mysterious or hidden place or state, especially the unknown state of existence after death.
The phrase was originally a figurative reference to the veil which concealed the innermost sanctuary of the Temple in Jerusalem; it was later taken as referring to the mysterious division between the next world and this.
See also: beyond, veil

draw a veil over

avoid discussing or calling attention to something, especially because it is embarrassing or unpleasant.
See also: draw, over, veil

take the veil

become a nun.
See also: take, veil

cast/draw/throw a ˈveil over something

(written) say nothing or no more about something unpleasant: It is kinder to draw a veil over some of his later movies.
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References in classic literature ?
Yea," said he, in faint accents, "my soul hath a patient weariness until that veil be lifted.
Before the veil of eternity be lifted, let me cast aside this black veil from your face
But, exerting a sudden energy, that made all the beholders stand aghast, Father Hooper snatched both his hands from beneath the bedclothes, and pressed them strongly on the black veil, resolute to struggle, if the minister of Westbury would contend with a dying man.
He even raised himself in bed; and there he sat, shivering with the arms of death around him, while the black veil hung down, awful, at that last moment, in the gathered terrors of a lifetime.
There is an hour to come," said he, "when all of us shall cast aside our veils.
The veil signified a woman's self-respect and social status.
The veil has become a classic wedding accoutrement and is available in many lengths, styles and fabrics.
Veil championed women's rights while she served as health minister of France.
This comes following a complaint from families at Al-Naseriya school in Zagazig, reporting that the school director forced their daughters to wear the veil, as the director claimed that it is part of the school uniform.
Post-listing, VEIL is expected to become a key vehicle for exposure to Vietnam given its size and equity-only investment mandate, appealing to both institutional and retail investors.
As most of the chapter focuses on veiling fashions, and as the goal of explaining 'how and why tire veil has changed over time' (p.
Putting a ban on the veil is not a right of any government or professional body, as it violates an individual's freedom of choice and restricts one's religious beliefs.
Part I presents and interprets qualitative data from former and current face veil wearers in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
I even created my veil and shoes, besides invitations and wedding favours.
The veil has contributed to Iranian women's liberation and "freedom of movement in the public space" (24), while at the same time it has ensured the "invisibility" that women needed to feel secure in the public sphere dominated by men.