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English definition of “take the gilt off the gingerbread”

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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.
Translations of “take the gilt off the gingerbread”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使某事物失去吸引力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使某事物失去吸引力…
(Definition of take the gilt off the gingerbread from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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