put a gloss on something

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.
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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