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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.
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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]
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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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Note that McCarthy refers to some students, not all, to notebooks, not texts, and to note taking, which is not learner glossing. The contention, assumed here, that learner glossing is, de facto, a vocabulary learning strategy is based on and follows from the current understanding of the concept of learning strategy as is reflected in its various definitions advanced by researchers.
Since the use of learning strategies is certainly beneficial to language learning, it follows that learner glossing, as such, deserves closer attention in order to find what it is that learners do exactly while glossing so as to benefit from it and enhance vocabulary learning.
--which language, L1 or L2, learners choose for glossing,
Findings (figures are in %) a) Practice of learner glossing A 96 B 92 C 93 D 66 b) Words glossed New & Only Only new difficult important A 58 34 8 B 23 68 9 C 9 64 7 D 26 44 30 c) Language used for glossing Group L1 L2 L1 + L2 A 100 0 0 B 100 0 0 C 100 0 0 D 43 37 20 d) Frequency of glossing Always Often Rarely A 46 46 8 B 23 59 18 C 71 22 7 D 10 54 36 e) Place Over Margin Elsewhere A 52 42 6 B 86 9 5 C 82 14 4 D 58 42 0
Nevertheless, since the figures show that learner glossing is commonly practised, it follows that learner glossing deserves closer attention than it has so far received.
Ad b) The low numbers of glossing only important words suggest that lower-level learners have problems in deciding which words may be important and opt to gloss new and difficult words (what is difficult?).
Advanced learners probably have discovered the more beneficial value of glossing in L2.
Learners' answers to the open question ("Why do you put glosses in a text?") clearly indicate that glossing is practiced for immediate, strictly utilitarian purposes on the one hand and to achieve better effects in language learning on the other.
It is hoped that this and further research on learner glossing can be supportive in learning and teaching vocabulary.