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English definition of “take the gilt off the gingerbread”

take the gilt off the gingerbread

UK literary
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.
(Definition of take the gilt off the gingerbread from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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