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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.
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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.
See also: draw, over, veil

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

beyond the veil

In a strange, mystical state, often the one experienced 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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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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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.
See also: draw, over, something, veil

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

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.
See also: cast, draw, over, something, throw, veil
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To many non-Muslims (Romanians included), a veiled woman automatically indicates her submission to Islam, to religious and moral values which seem very different to their own.
Another activist begged to disagree and argued that veiled presenters were exaggerating the manner of the injustice to which they are subjected.
4) I will not get in an aircraft with a veiled passenger unless she or he (could be under a veil) had been screened.
C[pounds sterling]ICOd seen her walking about, but she was always veiled.
A CROWD of angry protesters, including around 30 veiled Muslim women, yesterday jeered embattled Labour MP Jack Straw.
THE furore over the Islamic dress code is not just about the veil, it is also about veiled threats.
The reality is that the veiled women who visited Jack Straw's office took a substantial step towards integration with the system only to be told that the system does not recognise them as equal citizens.
Firas Zbib The veiled woman who entered the sweet shop with an unveiled friend seemed to be displaying her beauty more than she covered it up.
One misconception is that veiled women are foreigners who do not speak English.
They meet every Thursday at her apartment, arriving veiled but removing them in the safety afforded there.
As Reina Lewis says in the preface to Veil, veiled women often have to counter patriarchal and Western, denigrating attitudes.
The story resonates powerfully with Josiah McElheny's conceptually infused blown-glass art, and not only because one of the newer works he showed during his first major museum exhibition in Europe was called Four Veiled Mirrors after a Fiction by Borges, 2001.
40] He most certainly read Boccaccio, whose Genealogy of the Pagan Gods refers explicitly to Jerome's beautiful captive in conjunction with two additional gendered tropes for reading: the figure by which allegory is represented as a veiled woman and the metaphor by which Ulysses before the Sirens becomes an exemplary interpreter.
This study then examines how these discursive disputes affect gender identity negotiation among veiled and unveiled Muslim women living in Austin, Texas.