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pave (something) over
1. Literally, to cover an area or stretch of land with a manmade substance, especially concrete or asphalt. I can't believe they paved over that beautiful park to make a parking lot. The city is paving over these old dirt roads to provide better access to the campsites.
2. By extension, to ignore, disregard, or suppress some problem or issue. The president paved over the reporter's questions about tax evasion by going on a rant about how broken the US tax code is. Don't just pave over the truth, Bob—tell us what's really going on!
pave the way (for someone or something)
To create a situation in which it is easier for someone to do something or something to happen. Pioneers like her paved the way for women to have careers in the sciences. With their star quarterback paving the way, they look to be on their way to another championship appearance. Everyone knows your father paved the way for you to get into this school with his money and connections.
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