paper over
paper over pa"per o"ver (p[=a]"p[~e]r*[=o]"v[~e]r), v. t. To ignore or conceal (a disagreement or dispute) so as to continue friendly or productive relations; as, to paper over differences. [PJC]

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  • paper over — ( ● paper * * * paper over [phrasal verb] paper (something) over or paper over (something) : to hide (something bad, such as differences or problems) They papered over their disagreements [=they pretended that they did not disagree] in order to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • paper over — (something) to solve a problem temporarily. They papered over their disagreements in order to end the meeting on a positive note. She has a solid record of bridging differences between groups, not just papering them over …   New idioms dictionary

  • paper over — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms paper over : present tense I/you/we/they paper over he/she/it papers over present participle papering over past tense papered over past participle papered over 1) to try to hide a problem or disagreement… …   English dictionary

  • paper over — PHRASAL VERB If people paper over a disagreement between them, they find a temporary solution to it in order to give the impression that things are going well. [V P n] ...his determination to paper over the cracks in his party and avoid… …   English dictionary

  • paper over — transitive verb Date: 1910 1. to gloss over, explain away, or patch up (as major differences or disparities) especially in order to maintain a semblance of unity or agreement 2. hide, conceal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paper over the cracks — If you paper over the cracks, you try to make something look or work better but only deal with superficial issues, not the real underlying problems …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • paper over something — paper over (something) to solve a problem temporarily. They papered over their disagreements in order to end the meeting on a positive note. She has a solid record of bridging differences between groups, not just papering them over …   New idioms dictionary

  • paper over something — tv. to try to conceal something unpleasant; to try to cover up a misdeed. □ You can’t paper this over. It has to be dealt with now! CD This is a severe social problem. Don’t try to paper over it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • paper over cracks —    To say that someone is papering over the cracks means that they are concealing a problem rather than dealing with it effectively.     The measures taken to reduce unemployment are just paper over the cracks …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • paper over the cracks — paper/smooth over the cracks to hide problems or faults, especially arguments between people, in order to make a situation seem better than it really is. The two party coalition has so far been successful in papering over the cracks. I m tired of …   New idioms dictionary

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