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.
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.
This leader gave himself no more than a thin veneer of respectability by holding an election from which the president he overthrew was banned.
Whereas Blues have a thin veneer of perhaps 12 or 13 players capable of performing in the first team at this level, the likes of Hull and Derby could easily absorb five or six injuries and remain competitive.
We all know that civilisation is a thin veneer and really we are all nothing but naked apes.
Summary: Lebanese politicians have painted a thin veneer of functionality over the country which is barely able to mask an increasingly fractured society, according to a report released this week by the International Crisis Group.
0, the encapsulation of aging mainframe-based core banking systems by a thin veneer of modernity in the form of SOA-based middleware.
The problem is a particular political ideology that sees no light and shade and the violence, legitimised by a thin veneer of religiosity, that is attached to it.