He has spoken about how he would listen to her to smooth over the rough days, or heighten his joy.
The opposition of these groups marks a new obstacle in efforts to smooth over the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.
While Obama aims to smooth over these differences, India's new economic clout has changed the terms of the relationship.
Despondent over the turn of events, Ford asked her sons, Mike, Steve, and Jack, to try to smooth over tensions with the center.
Plus, A.L. Bardach on whether Arnold's lying to smooth over his past.
The truth was, I did not like her, and was too young, too ignorant and gauche to try to smooth over my dislike.
smooth over with a knife dipped in hot water, and score with a knife.
God will not so let thee carry it, and smooth over thy wickedness with a lie.
You may call him a liar, and smooth over the incident by the same means.
There was no national government to smooth over these differences and to compel the states to act justly toward one another.
Old English smoð "smooth, serene, calm," variant of smeðe "free from roughness, not harsh, polished; soft; suave; agreeable," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Of words, looks, "pleasant, polite, sincere" late 14c., but later "flattering, insinuating" (mid-15c.). Slang meaning "superior, classy, clever" is attested from 1893. Sense of "stylish" is from 1922.
Smooth-bore in reference to guns is from 1812. smooth talk (v.) is recorded from 1950. A 1599 dictionary has smoothboots "a flatterer, a faire spoken man, a cunning tongued fellow." The usual Old English form was smeðe, and there is a dialectal smeeth found in places names, e.g. Smithfield, Smedley.
late Old English smoþ "to make smooth," replacing smeðan "to smooth, soften, polish; appease, soothe;" smeðian "smoothen, become smooth," from the source of smooth (adj.). Meaning "to make smooth" is c.1200. Related: Smoothed; smoothing. Middle English also had a verb form smoothen (mid-14c.).
: I'd rather have hooch, and a bit of a smooch
[the pilfering sense probably derives from the kissing sense by way of mooch; the kissing sense may be fr German schmutzen, ''to kiss, to smile''; the dated instance is spelled smouch; the term was reestablished as smooch in the 1930s]