Definition of gild the lily in English:
Try to improve what is already beautiful or excellent.
[misquotation, from ‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily; to throw perfume on the violet, … is wasteful, and ridiculous excess’ (Shakespeare's King John vi. ii. 11.)]
- ‘Today we were magnificent,’ said O'Neill. somewhat gilding the lily.
- I feel that commenting on this response would be gilding the lily.
- They believe they are right, and have never gilded the lily.
Definition of gild the lily in:
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