Definition of draw a veil over in English:

draw a veil over


  • Avoid discussing or calling attention to (something), especially because it is embarrassing or unpleasant.

    • ‘Similarly, he prefers to draw a veil over his first year at university, which was clearly unhappy for reasons not totally related to his indifference to Fellini movies.’
    • ‘I can't change it, I can't make it better, so I have to draw a veil over it.’
    • ‘They tried to draw a veil over the horrors of the recent past - to pretend, as far as possible, that Auschwitz and Dachau had never happened, and that all we needed to worry about was the length of ladies' skirts when worn at Henley Regatta.’
    • ‘I never did get to lift the League Cup as captain of Celtic, and if you don't mind I'll draw a veil over the other final I played in during the 1990s which Raith Rovers won on penalties.’
    • ‘After a humiliating pasting at the by-election earlier this year, where they didn't just lose the MSP seat but slumped into third place, one would have thought Labour would have been keen to draw a veil over a memorably inept campaign.’
    • ‘Anyway we'll draw a veil over the second course.’
    • ‘I will draw a veil over the following three years of delays and denials and posturing and game-playing, although it was no game to me.’
    • ‘I'll draw a veil over the next ten nights of pain, thirst and hallucination except to say that it was all worth it and I'm now back home gradually regaining my health and strength.’
    • ‘Anyone can have an off day, and we'll draw a veil over which one of us it was.’
    • ‘Mr Khatami unintentionally drew a veil over a system that everyone knows is terrible.’