Varnishing Point

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Varnish suggests a hard protective coat. You would think you could apply it to other classic idioms or phrases. Some come close.

“Civilization is but a thin varnish stretched across the passions of the human heart.”

“He’s sensitive to criticisms. He seems to have a very thin varnish.”

“A veil of varnish passed over her eyes.”

“Come out, damned varnish!”

 

 
Varnish