Share this entry
gild the lily

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.)]
Example sentences
  • ‘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.
See parent entry: gild
Definition of gild the lily in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources