Meaning of “take the gilt off the gingerbread” in the English Dictionary

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"take the gilt off the gingerbread" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “take the gilt off the gingerbread” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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