English Idiom – Gild the Lily
Meaning – To improve something unnecessarily. To further decorate something that already looks perfect. Attempt to improve something beautiful and therefore spoil it.
The word gild means to cover something in a thin layer of gold, or decorate something so that it has a golden appearance.
If you gild (or paint) a lily you will spoil the look. The lily is already a beautiful flower and it needs no decoration.
When could you use this idiom?
- If somebody is adding unnecessary adornments to something that looks perfect.
- A person is trying to improve an object with natural beauty.
- Someone is making too many changes to an already successful project.
- “You look dench. Putting more make-up on would be like gilding the lily.”
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What is an idiom?
An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally. An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.