smooth over

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smooth over

(tr) to ease or gloss over: to smooth over a situation.
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Verb1.smooth over - treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
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1. Having no irregularities, roughness, or indentations:
2. Free from severity or violence, as in movement:
3. Posing no difficulty:
Informal: snap.
4. Effortlessly gracious and tactful in social manner:
5. Marked by facility, especially of expression:
1. To make even, smooth, or level:
2. To bring to perfection or completion:
Idiom: smooth off the rough edges.
phrasal verb
smooth over
To bring (something) into a state of agreement or accord:
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w>smooth over

vt sep (fig) quarrelin Ordnung bringen, geradebiegen (inf); to smooth things overdie Sache geradebiegen (inf)
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