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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?
(Definition of gild the lily from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “gild the lily”
in Chinese (Simplified) 画蛇添足, 多此一举…
in Chinese (Traditional) 畫蛇添足, 多此一舉…
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