smooth over

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smooth over

  1. (transitive) To make (a rough surface) smooth
  2. (transitive) to pacify (e.g. rumours)
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      Then, as usual, the sheep broke into "Four legs good, two legs bad!" and the momentary awkwardness was smoothed over.