English version

smooth something ↔ over

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmooth something ↔ over phrasal verbDEAL WITHif you smooth over problems, difficulties etc, you make them seem less serious and easier to control, especially by talking to the people who are involved in the problem Sally managed to smooth over the bad feelings between them. smooth→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
smooth overTomorrow he would send a gift - one of the new range of creatures, perhaps - to smooth things over.He smoothed it over and went home to bed.Later, I tried to smooth things over, but he wasn't interested.Robyn unscrewed a jar of moisturiser and smoothed it over her face and neck.Astrid smoothed her skirt over her hips and sat down.The old men bury their fellows, smooth the clay over them.Whisk sauce until smooth and pour over turkey.She smoothed it over with her hand.
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Verb table
smooth
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysmooth
he, she, itsmooths
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysmoothed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave smoothed
he, she, ithas smoothed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad smoothed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill smooth
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have smoothed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam smoothing
he, she, itis smoothing
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you, we, theyare smoothing
Past
I, he, she, itwas smoothing
you, we, theywere smoothing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been smoothing
he, she, ithas been smoothing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been smoothing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be smoothing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been smoothing
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