Definition of “gild the lily” - English Dictionary

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“gild the lily” in British English

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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)

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