Definition of gild the lily in English:

gild the lily


  • Try to improve what is already beautiful or excellent.

    • ‘Yes, the producers gild the lily when they claim to be ‘now, for the first time’ revealing things about the five leaders being examined.’
    • ‘They believe they are right, and have never gilded the lily.’
    • ‘It is not necessary to gild the lily by over ornate presentation.’
    • ‘‘Today we were magnificent,’ said O'Neill. somewhat gilding the lily.’
    • ‘I will not gild the lily; I will say exactly what happened.’
    • ‘I feel that commenting on this response would be gilding the lily.’
    • ‘If you want to gild the lily, scatter over grated cheddar cheese and return to oven until oozy and golden brown.’
    • ‘But all of them simply gild the lily.’
    • ‘I like his playing, and he is a fine musician, but sometimes it feels like he is gilding the lily in these performances.’
    • ‘But I'm not gilding the lily, I truly thought it was impossible, and I refused to address myself emotionally.’