(redirected from glosses)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to glosses: glosses over

gloss over (something)

To minimize or or omit something in an account in order to obscure or conceal it. When I told Mom and Dad about my night, I just glossed over the fact that I'd gotten a parking ticket.
See also: gloss, over

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

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

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

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

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

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Therefore, if learners themselves create glosses for themselves in order to learn, then learner glossing has to be considered a learning strategy.
Another reason for further research is the obvious fact that learners make glosses with the apparent aim of learning new and difficult L2 vocabulary.
Ad d) Again, advanced learners create glosses less frequently than less advanced or beginners.
Ad e) Here, the survey confirmed the expectation (based on pedagogical experience) that learner glosses are usually placed either in the margin or directly above the glossed word.
Gall method' was transmitted in a textbook or taught orally by schoolmasters, these glosses show that Anglo-Saxons had access to the technique and may have practiced it themselves.
Whatever the proximate source of these Anglo-Saxon glosses, we need not posit an instructional manual like the St Gall Tractate in the hands of the glossators.
1 Michael Lapidge, 'The Study of Latin Texts in Late Anglo-Saxon England [1]: The Evidence of Latin Glosses, in Latin and the Vernacular Languages in Early Medieval Britain, ed.
Rashi offers two brief glosses on the phrase [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and a separate gloss on the other clause [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Other exegetical glosses based on the ecclesiological interpretation of the Wife include Peter Damian Cd.
68 Lear attributes his sense of a neglect on the part of Goneril's servants to his "jealous curiosity," which the Norton glosses as "paranoid concern with niceties.
The Bevington edition gets high marks for its glosses, but not for the introductions to the plays, which are the simplest and most basic in the three editions; the best of them perhaps are those prefacing the history plays.
Like Bevington's edition, the second edition of the Riverside Shakespeare retains the Folio arrangement by genre, as well as the glosses and introductions to the plays found in the first edition of 1974.
The third chapter, on the Marprelate controversy, makes the case that where the "humanist page" framed the text and set interpretive boundaries (102), the manic glosses of the Marprelate participants subverted those conventions.
Jonson's theory of the masque, which emphasized less the show of the moment than the lasting "mysteries" of the verse, can be seen at work in his extensive glosses on his early Hymenai (1606).
The glosses to Spenser, Harington and Jonson are often allusive, eluding easy interpretations of stance or sense.