thin veneer

thin ve·neer

(thin vĕn-ēr')
Shallow, smooth coating of calculus on portion of root surface.
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The table was flanked on one side by a gaudy bureau, manufactured for profit and not for service, the thin veneer of which was shed day by day.
Yet even with that burden he fell into the little habits and manners of his early life that were in reality more a part of him than the thin veneer of civilization that the past three years of his association with the white men of the outer world had spread lightly over him--a veneer that only hid the crudities of the beast that Tarzan of the Apes had been.
Presently, as he sat there, the sudden feeling came over him that eyes were watching from behind, and the old instinct of the wild beast broke through the thin veneer of civilization, so that Tarzan wheeled about so quickly that the eyes of the young woman who had been surreptitiously regarding him had not even time to drop before the gray eyes of the ape-man shot an inquiring look straight into them.
When necessity demanded, Tarzan of the Apes sloughed the thin veneer of his civilization and with it the hampering apparel that was its badge.
With cold, reptilian eyes the creature seemed to bore through the thin veneer of my deceit and read my inmost thoughts.
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The Assad state is a thin veneer stretched over a patchwork of fiefdoms.
The thin veneer of unanimity between persons still hankering after a return to Blairite policies that predominate within elected persons in Welsh Labour, and those who actually sought and voted for a leadership capable of, and willing to, prepare and present such a farreaching and provocative document is gone.
The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is known as the "critical zone.
Finally, whether or not you believe in the thin veneer of civilization, the somewhat peaceful status quo could go awry at a moments' notice.
Nor should we be surprised that George sees only the wealthy as worthy of a merry Christmas and the educated as the only ones to peer past the thin veneer of celebration to see the driving force of commercialism behind the true spirit of Christmas.
Thin Veneer has become the new normal and these courses are a great way to learn about all aspects of this sustainable building material," said Mr.