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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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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.
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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.
See also: cast, draw, over, something, throw, veil
References in classic literature ?
But in his most convulsive struggles, and in the wildest vagaries of his intellect, when no other thought retained its sober influence, he still showed an awful solicitude lest the black veil should slip aside.
Are you ready for the lifting of the veil that shuts in time from eternity?
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.
Tertullian, in his famous treatise on 'The Veiling Of Virgins,' wrote, 'Young women, you wear your veils out on the streets, so you should wear them in the church, you wear them when you are among strangers, then wear them among your brothers.
The fairness of banning veils has been publicly discussed since three cities in France, which has banned the burqa and niqab since 2010, have banned the burkini - full body-covering swimwear.
6) This image stands in stark contrast to policymakers' assumptions that face veils are worn primarily by recent immigrants as an indication of withdrawal from society.
Summary: Farida Talaat, who created her own veil, shoes and wedding favours, says DIY has many advantages
The legal principles developed and applied in common law courts in claims to pierce the corporate veil consist of a mishmash of indeterminate expressions that have been in a state of confusion since their inception.
Whereas political parties and public opinion in France, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands played a significant role in the adoption of bans on Muslim veils, immigration of people from Muslim origin and security concerns within the context of Europeanism helped shape the external process that led to the diffusion of full-face veil-ban policies in the region.
If you are petite, don't have a veil that swamps you such as a high bouffant veil.
The two characters disagree over the practice of veiling--a veil being anything from a hi jab (head scarf) to a burka (full body covering)--and launch a video blog debating whether veils should be worn on campus.
WOMEN giving evidence in court should not be able to wear the veil because it is almost impossible to have a proper trial when they are "in a kind of bag", Ken Clarke has said.