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beyond the veil

In the spiritual world or the mystical state after death. As frightened as I am to die, I'm also curious to know what it's like beyond the veil.
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cast a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please cast a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to cast a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
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dance of the seven veils

A sexy or provocative dance, possibly a striptease. The phrase alludes to a dance performed by Herodias's daughter in the New Testament. A: "And you had sex with her? B: "She was irresistible! She did some kind of dance of the seven veils, and I couldn't focus on anything but her!"
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draw a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please draw a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to draw a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
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lift the veil (on something)

To divulge, explain, or reveal something that was previously a secret. Our hope is that this expedition will lift the veil on the secrets of the ancient king's tomb. The celebrity's interview purports to lift the veil on her extremely private married life.
See also: lift, veil

take the veil

To become a nun (and thus wear a nun's headdress). Yes, I am taking the veil and devoting my life to God.
See also: take, veil

throw a veil over (something)

To conceal something, usually by not talking about it. Can we please throw a veil over that stupid rumor about me? It's not true, but I want as few people to hear about it as possible. I tried to throw a veil over my inexperience so that the recruiter would seriously consider me for the job.
See also: over, throw, veil
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draw a veil over

Conceal or avoid discussing something; keep from public knowledge. For example, Louise drew a veil over the accounting errors. [c. 1700]
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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.

draw a veil over something

If you draw a veil over something, you deliberately do not talk about it because you want to keep it private or because it is embarrassing. It would be kinder, perhaps, to draw a veil over the party's career from 1906 to the outbreak of the War. Most of us have something in our past career over which we choose to draw a veil. Note: A veil is a piece of cloth used by a woman to cover her face.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

beyond the veil

in a mysterious or hidden place or state, especially the unknown state of existence after death.
The phrase was originally a figurative reference to the veil which concealed the innermost sanctuary of the Temple in Jerusalem; it was later taken as referring to the mysterious division between the next world and this.
See also: beyond, veil

draw a veil over

avoid discussing or calling attention to something, especially because it is embarrassing or unpleasant.
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take the veil

become a nun.
See also: take, veil
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cast/draw/throw a ˈveil over something

(written) say nothing or no more about something unpleasant: It is kinder to draw a veil over some of his later movies.
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draw a veil over, to

To conceal; to say no more about something. A cliché from the mid-nineteenth century, this analogy to hiding one’s face behind a veil is often used to gloss over the details of an embarrassing situation. Daniel Defoe, long known as a historian before he turned his hand to fiction, wrote in The True-born Englishman (1701), “Satyr, be kind! and draw a silent Veil! Thy native England’s vices to conceal.”
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He even smiled again--that same sad smile, which always appeared like a faint glimmering of light, proceeding from the obscurity beneath the veil.
But, in an instant, as it were, a new feeling took the place of sorrow: her eyes were fixed insensibly on the black veil, when, like a sudden twilight in the air, its terrors fell around her.
"Do not desert me, though this veil must be between us here on earth.
"Lift the veil but once, and look me in the face," said she.
She withdrew her arm from his grasp, and slowly departed, pausing at the door, to give one long shuddering gaze, that seemed almost to penetrate the mystery of the black veil. But, even amid his grief, Mr.
"Why do you tremble at me alone?" cried he, turning his veiled face round the circle of pale spectators.
While his auditors shrank from one another, in mutual affright, Father Hooper fell back upon his pillow, a veiled corpse, with a faint smile lingering on the lips.
"There is an hour to come," said he, "when all of us shall cast aside our veils. Take it not amiss, beloved friend, if I wear this piece of crape till then."
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"No employer has the right to force a woman to take off her veil, and the jobs mentioned don't require taking off the face covering."
Wearing burqah, she is left alone with the luggage by her husband for some time, and she realizes that she is more harassed than the women without any veil.
The policy is widely viewed as being targeted at Muslim women who wear veils such as the niqab.
What follows is a list of European countries which have introduced veil bans.
The flying veil first became a wedding trend last year when a Shanghai-based wedding planner featured one in his video online, as stated in a report by the South China Morning Post last May 12.
Kelly Lynch, the managing editor of Daily Break recently noted that Princess Diana and Kate Middleton both wore a veil during their respective weddings.