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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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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Secondly, since glosses facilitate comprehension of the text being studied and increase reading comprehension fluency it follows that the perceived success in reading gives learners a sense of achievement and psychological comfort.
Therefore, if learners themselves create glosses for themselves in order to learn, then learner glossing has to be considered a learning strategy.
Ad a) An overwhelming majority of learners (the mean calculated is 87%) practice making their own glosses. The figure is impressive, especially when lower level learners are considered (well over 90%).
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.
Its stated purpose was simple: to fill in the missing arguments in some of his Spanish glosses for his inquisitors.
(9.) In what follows, we are limiting ourselves to the Jewish commentarial and lexicographic glosses on the literal meaning of the Hebrew tsammah Of course, there is a complex array of allegorical and mystical interpretations of the Song of Songs in the Jewish exegetical tradition: the Midrashic, Talmudic, and Targumic readings; the great medieval commentaries; the philosophical and Kabbalistic interpretations.
Perhaps, like the Anglo-Norman gloss to the Hebrew Psalter, a better copy from a corrected exemplar was to have been used.(4) Hargreaves and Clark point out that the language of these glosses is very archaic for the late twelfth century and suggest mechanical copying from an exemplar; possibly the gloss planned for this manuscript was a more recent or more carefully revised text.
One more example: at 1.4.68 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." "Paranoid" strikes me as overpitched; if Lear were paranoid here, he would have done something about the problem.
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.
Compared to many other glosses the container is kind of small but even so, the gloss is long-lasting.
All the glosses are able to buy from larger chemists such as Boots or department stores such as Fenwick, John Lewis and House of Fraser.
Glosses became the "site" on which new relationships were established.
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.