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gloss over (something)

To minimize or hide something. Oh, I just glossed over the fact that I'd gotten a parking ticket when I told mom and dad about my night.
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gloss over something

to cover up, minimize, or play down something bad. Don't gloss over your own role in this fiasco! I don't want to gloss this matter over, but it really isn't very important, is it?
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gloss over

Make attractive or acceptable by deception or superficial treatment. For example, His resumé glossed over his lack of experience, or She tried to gloss over the mistake by insisting it would make no difference. [Mid-1600s]
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put a gloss on something

If you put a gloss on a difficult situation, you describe it in a way that makes it seem better than it really is. He obviously tried to put a gloss on the poor sales figures. Yesterday they tried to put a gloss on the Home Office statistics by stressing that recorded crime had stabilised. Note: A gloss is an explanation that is added to a book or other text in order to explain an unfamiliar term. The idea here is that the explanation being given is a misleading one.
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lip gloss

n. lies; deception; exaggeration; BS. (From the name of a lipstick-like cosmetic.) Everything he says is just lip gloss. He is a liar at heart.
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So the AO surface finish on the texture will provide the dullest gloss on the plastic part and GB surface finish on the texture will provide the highest gloss with media blasting.
Gloss is a member and past president of the New England Antiquarian Booksellers Association, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Bostonian Society and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers.
Glossiness refers to the appearance of gloss and is the result of the reflectance properties of the surface but it is also influenced by the illumination conditions and by the viewing direction (2).
Step 1: NIVEA Hair Care Diamond Gloss Shampoo The creamy, pearlescent formula with a flowery aroma smoothens and strengthens the hair providing it with intensive shine.
uk) who informed me that you need to prepare the gloss surfaces with a Wet and Dry Sandpaper, which you can get from most DIY stores.
1 GU for 60[degrees]Gloss <10 gloss units can be guaranteed, which consequently allows the control of gloss within [+ or -] 0.
In November 2004, a new ISO standard was published for the determination of paper gloss at a specular angle of 20[degrees].
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It follows from this that retention of new information encountered in the gloss is poor, in accordance with the adage "easy come, easy go".
Gloss mid thickness are important criteria to guarantee an efficient paint process.
The gloss on De Trinitate is preceded by Clarembald's introduction and prologue as well as a short letter to his friend Odo.
A lick of lip gloss is all that's needed in the warmer summer months.
Q: I am fed up with spending days painting doors and woodwork with white gloss, only to find within two months that they are no longer white but a shade of yellow.
Known as differential gloss, this bothersome distraction can interfere with how people see an image.