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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Almost all veiled brides in Egypt wear the Spanish hijab style at their weddings, but decorated with different accessories.
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.
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.
Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia, by Douglas Northrop.
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.
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.
Veiled Threats proceeds directly from his 1992 book, Madonnas that Maim.
French politicians have said the law will also apply to tourists from the Middle East and the Gulf who are often seen fully veiled in luxury shops on the Paris boulevards.
I personally do not like to see fully veiled women, but then again I don't like to see middle aged British men with ugly beer guts in shorts and no tops
A CROWD of angry protesters, including around 30 veiled Muslim women, yesterday jeered embattled Labour MP Jack Straw.
Some years ago I was on the concourse of a large rail station wondering where I should go for trains to a particular area and saw two women together - one veiled, one not.
Mr Straw said a meeting with a veiled woman had made him reconsider his views.