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gild the lily

disapproving
to ​improve or ​decorate something that is already ​perfect and ​thereforespoil 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 Learners 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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