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gloss over (something)

1. To minimize or omit something in an account in order to obscure, conceal, or diminish the importance of it. When I told Mom and Dad about my night, I just glossed over the fact that I'd gotten a parking ticket. You can tell they're trying to gloss over the poor Q3 sales in their investors' earnings report.
2. To give only superficial or perfunctory attention to something. I don't understand why this class glosses over such an important part of Medieval history.
See also: gloss, over

lip gloss

An exaggeration, misrepresentation, or distortion of reality, especially to make it seem happier, more innocent, or more carefree. Popular culture has taught young women that they will be happy so long as they find the right man to take care of this, but we all ought to know by now that that is just lip gloss smeared on emotional manipulation.
See also: gloss, lip

put a gloss on (something)

To make something appear more positive, acceptable, or palatable than it really is. They're putting a gloss on their poor sales figures by claiming that December sales will more than make up the difference. Stop putting a gloss on the failure, Jim—let's just move on.
See also: gloss, on, put

take the gloss off (of) (something)

To detract from or overshadow the positive aspects of something. We had a lovely picnic until a dead bird just dropped out of the sky next to us. Yeah, that took the gloss off things a bit. It was a resounding win, but unfortunately, the injury to their star forward takes some of the gloss off of it.
See also: gloss, off, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
See also: gloss, over
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: gloss, over
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: gloss, on, put, something
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: gloss, lip
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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While Trump himself isn't expected to show up for the lighting launch, Glosser didn't rule out in-store appearances in the future.
Work history and illness were the targeted topics for conversation because they have been found to yield the most complex language (Glosser, Weiner, & Kaplan, 1988).
The pair discussed charging Glosser $10,000 to $15,000 for the killing, and $3,000 to $4,000 for convincing her to withdraw her harassment complaint, Special Agent Jeffrey Durr of the Virginia State Police testified.
K., the glosser of Spenser's Shepheardes Calendar, primarily to "control" meaning or for George Puttenham's self-contradicting anonymity, which North tells us could be accidental but is no whit the less accessible to an elaborate cultural exposition that paradoxically implies conscious agency (104-08, esp.
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Glosser's Math Goodies ( is a free bulletin-board Web site where students can post or e-mail homework questions to a "Web" teacher.
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Glosser's Math Goodies, located at, can support teachers' implementation of these two recommendations and is a good resource for students in grades 4-9 as well as parents.
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Souffissance menrichi Et plaisance si Quonques creature nee Not le cuer si assevi Ne mains de sousci Ne joie si affinee Car la deesse honnouree Qui fait lassamblee Damours damie et dami Coppa le chief de sespee A dangier mon anemj (13) Guillaume's reliability as a glosser of his own actions is here brought into question by his insistence on his honor, hos own behavior, and his exemplum, whose mismatch invites readers to make their own, opposite judgments.
The Boots 17 Body Glimmer Dust, pounds 4, with its incandescent gold pearl finish is another way to add face and body sparkle while the 17 Eye 'n' Lip Glosser Pen, pounds 2.95, can be used alone or on top of shadow and lipstick to create a seductive gleam.