Definition of take the gilt off the gingerbread in English:

take the gilt off the gingerbread

British Make something no longer attractive or desirable.
More example sentences
  • I have achieved my goal of swimming a mile in a session but I can't stop myself from deducting a yard from every other length, which takes the gilt off the gingerbread.
  • I am sure the fact that he's being included to ‘add interest’ (so help us) will in no way take the gilt off the gingerbread for him.
  • Rather takes the gilt off the gingerbread doesn't it?
See parent entry: gingerbread

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