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gild the lily

disapproving
to improve or decorate something that is already perfect and therefore spoil it: Should I add a scarf to this jacket or would it be gilding the lily?
Translations of “gild the lily”
in Chinese (Traditional) 畫蛇添足, 多此一舉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 画蛇添足, 多此一举…
(Definition of gild the lily from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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