paper over the cracks

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paper over the cracks

To conceal something, usually a problem or issue, so that a situation seems better than it really is. Although they tried to paper over the cracks while we were visiting, you could just feel the tension between them.
See also: crack, paper

paper over the cracks (in something)

Fig. to try to hide faults or difficulties, often in a hasty or not very successful way. (Based on paper over something {2}.) The politician tried to paper over the cracks in his party's economic policy. Tom tried to paper over the cracks in his relationship with the boss, but it was not possible. She didn't explain it. She just papered over the cracks.
See also: crack, paper

paper over the cracks

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone papers over the cracks, they try to hide the fact that there are major problems with something rather than admit the truth and deal with it. Robertson accused the hospital management of trying to paper over the cracks. Couples sometimes try to paper over the cracks even when their relationship is in terrible trouble.
See also: crack, paper