paper over something

paper over (something)

To repair, conceal, or cover up something on a superficial level, without addressing underlying problems. The company papered over the catastrophe with empty promises, but the circumstances that led to the tragic accident have yet to be addressed. They papered over the cracks in their relationship by traveling as often as possible.
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paper over something

tv. to try to conceal something unpleasant; to try to cover up a misdeed. This is a severe social problem. Don’t try to paper over it.
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