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gloss over (verb) avoid talking (of unpleasant and embarrassing matters); try to ignore.

When you gloss over an issue you avoid discussing it, because it is unpleasant and embarrassing for you. You try to ignore it in your discussion with those concerned. Politicians often gloss over their failures; that is, they avoid talking about them, even if they are pointedly asked about them.

  • Let us not gloss over the fact that we are going to face huge losses this year. Rather, let us discuss openly how to reduce the losses.
  • In his replies to the reporters, Senator Johnson tried to gloss over any reference to his involvement in the scandal. He tried to avoid any talk of it in spite of the reporters' raising it frequently.
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