ˌsmooth sth ˈover


ˌsmooth sth ˈover
phrasal verb
to make a problem seem less serious

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  • smooth something over — ˌsmooth sthˈover derived to make problems or difficulties seem less important or serious, especially by talking to people • She spoke to both sides in the dispute in an attempt to smooth things over. Main entry: ↑smoothderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • smooth — 1 adjective 1 FLAT a smooth surface is completely flat and even: The stone steps had been worn smooth by centuries of visitors. opposite rough 1 (1) 2 SOFT skin or fur that is smooth is soft and pleasant to touch, and your hand moves easily over… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • smooth*/*/ — [smuːð] adj I 1) completely even with no rough areas or lumps Ant: rough smooth skin[/ex] 2) moving in a way that is steady and well controlled With a smooth swing, he hit the ball.[/ex] 3) causing no difficulty, problems, or delays a smooth… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • smooth — smooth1 W3 [smu:ð] adj comparative smoother superlative smoothest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(surface)¦ 2¦(happening without problems)¦ 3¦(movement)¦ 4¦(person)¦ 5¦(liquid mixture)¦ 6¦(sound)¦ 7¦(taste)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • passage — noun 1 narrow way through ADJECTIVE ▪ long, short ▪ narrow, small ▪ winding ▪ connecting, side …   Collocations dictionary

  • brush — brush1 S3 [brʌʃ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(object for cleaning/painting)¦ 2¦(trees)¦ 3¦(movement)¦ 4¦(touch)¦ 5 6¦(tail)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1, 3 6; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Early French broisse, from Old French broce ( …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaster — 1 noun 1 (U) a substance used to cover walls and ceilings and give a smooth surface, consisting of lime, water, and sand 2 (U) plaster of paris 3 (C, U) BrE a piece of thin material that is stuck on to the skin to cover cuts and other small… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • roll — roll1 W3S1 [rəul US roul] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(round object)¦ 2¦(person/animal)¦ 3¦(shape of tube/ball)¦ 4¦(make something flat)¦ 5¦(clothes)¦ 6¦(something with wheels)¦ 7¦(drop of liquid)¦ 8¦(waves/clouds)¦ 9¦(game)¦ 10¦( …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fill — 1 /fIl/ verb 1 MAKE STH FULL a) also fill up (T) to put the right amount of a liquid, substance, or material into a container, or put in enough to make it full: I filled a saucepan and put it on the stove. | You ve filled the bath too full. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • edge — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 place where sth ends ADJECTIVE ▪ top, upper ▪ the top edge of the picture frame ▪ bottom, lower ▪ inner …   Collocations dictionary