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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
But in his most convulsive struggles, and in the wildest vagaries of his intellect, when no other thought retained its sober influence, he still showed an awful solicitude lest the black veil should slip aside.
Are you ready for the lifting of the veil that shuts in time from eternity?"
"Yea," said he, in faint accents, "my soul hath a patient weariness until that veil be lifted."
Before the veil of eternity be lifted, let me cast aside this black veil from your face!"
But, exerting a sudden energy, that made all the beholders stand aghast, Father Hooper snatched both his hands from beneath the bedclothes, and pressed them strongly on the black veil, resolute to struggle, if the minister of Westbury would contend with a dying man.
He even raised himself in bed; and there he sat, shivering with the arms of death around him, while the black veil hung down, awful, at that last moment, in the gathered terrors of a lifetime.
"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.
Parliament foreign affairs, defence and national security committee chairman Mohammed Al Sissi said several female job-seekers have been rejected for refusing to take off their veils.
The books included the one about short stories on various uses of veil that the author said is not necessarily worn to show piety.
Legislation around full-face veils has grown increasingly common in Europe, particularly in the past three years.
In October 2017, Austria officially outlawed face veils with its "anti-face veil law." The legislation stipulates that all facial features between the chin and hairline must be visible in public.
When her head was uncovered, she might be fined four hundred zuzim for this offence.' Brayer also explains that veil of the Jewish woman was not always considered a sign of modesty.
During the Middle Ages, women were ordered to wear veils and stay home.
Synopsis: Tattoos, nudity, and veils do not seem to have much in common except for the fact that all three have become more frequent, more visible, and more dominant in connection with aesthetic presentations of women over the past thirty years.