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English definition of “take the gilt off the gingerbread”

take the gilt off the gingerbread

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to spoil something that is in every other way enjoyable: We had a great trip, but our flight home was badly delayed, which took the gilt off the gingerbread.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of take the gilt off the gingerbread from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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