gloss over

To gloss over is to try to make something you're embarrassed about seem unimportant. A college tour guide might highlight the shiny new equipment in the chemistry labs but gloss over the disgusting food in the dining halls.

Whenever someone is being evasive, quickly bypassing or skimming a subject as if it just didn't matter, you may want to ask if they mean to gloss over the issue. You might, for example, draw your parents' attention to the fact that you cleaned the kitchen while they were out and gloss over the fact that you broke their serving bowl in the process.

Definitions of gloss over

v treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly

skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over
Type of:
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way

v cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

“She tried to gloss over her mistakes”
hush up, sleek over, whitewash
Type of:
cover, cover up
hide from view or knowledge

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