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My favorite way to cook trout is whole, bone-in, on the grill. The fish are stuffed with sliced lemons and herb sprigs, brushed with oil, and cooked over fairly hot coals until the skin is crisp and the flesh is moist and flaky. Go ahead and gild the lily by adding a sauce.
Tom Douglas

Meaning of "gild the lily" in the English dictionary

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WHAT DOES GILD THE LILY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of gild the lily in the English dictionary

The definition of gild the lily in the dictionary is to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful. Other definition of gild the lily is to praise someone inordinately.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GILD THE LILY

gilbert
Gilbert and George
Gilbert Islands
Gilbertian
Gilbertine
gild
gilded cage
gilden
gilder
gildhall
gilding
gildsman
gildsmen
gildswoman
gildswomen
Gilead
Gileadite
Giles
gilet
gilgai

WORDS THAT END LIKE GILD THE LILY

African lily
arum lily
blackberry lily
calla lily
day lily
Easter lily
fawn lily
glory lily
lily
Madonna lily
mariposa lily
Mount Cook lily
Peruvian lily
plantain lily
pond lily
sea lily
sword lily
tiger lily
water lily
white water lily
yellow water lily

Synonyms and antonyms of gild the lily in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «gild the lily» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GILD THE LILY

Find out the translation of gild the lily to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gild the lily from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gild the lily» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

画蛇添足
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

rizar el rizo
570 millions of speakers

English

gild the lily
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लिली चमकाना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

طلى زنبق
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

позолотить лилию
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dourar a pílula
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লিলি গিল্ড
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

dorer la pilule
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Gergasi lily
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vergolden die Lilie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ユリをGILD
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

릴리 챙겨
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gulingake lily
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Gild lily
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

லில்லி கில்ட்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लिली गिल्ड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Zambak yaldız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dorare il giglio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

złoceń lilię
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

позолотити лілію
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

auri crin
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χρυσώσει το κρίνο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vergulde lelie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förgylla liljan
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forgylle den lily
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of gild the lily

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GILD THE LILY»

The term «gild the lily» is quite widely used and occupies the 47.688 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gild the lily

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Tom Douglas
My favorite way to cook trout is whole, bone-in, on the grill. The fish are stuffed with sliced lemons and herb sprigs, brushed with oil, and cooked over fairly hot coals until the skin is crisp and the flesh is moist and flaky. Go ahead and gild the lily by adding a sauce.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GILD THE LILY»

Discover the use of gild the lily in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gild the lily and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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That Or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers ...
original phrase whence cometh this common error is usable just the way himselfwrote it: If you want to gild the lily, you could add herbs or minced garlic to the cheese layer [emphasis added; the phrase in italics is the problem]. In KingJohn ...
Evan Jenkins, 2007
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Words on Words: A Dictionary for Writers and Others who Care ...
176 GILD THE LILY with, to fit in, is to jibe. In this sense, to jive is often and mistakenly used. To jive is to talk the jargon of jazz or some other lingo, often unintelligible, or to jitterbug. As a noun, jive means the music itself or its jargon or some ...
John B. Bremner, 1980
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Street Smarts: Beyond the Diploma
To “gild the lily” means turning a good situation into a bad one ... basically, going one step too far. “To gild” means to cover with a thin layer of gold. But, why gild a magnificent flower like a lily? The lily is already fantastic. When you gild it, you ...
Jim Randel, 2011
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The Florence King Reader
Continuing to gild the lily, Hiss asked if Whittaker Chambers were present in the hearing room. "He then looked from side to side, giving the impression that he did not have the slightest idea who this mysterious character might be and that he ...
Florence King, 1996
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Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from ...
Cordially, Saul Glemby New York, N.Y. Dear Mr. Glemby: 1) To call to the attention of anyone over 14 that Shakespeare didn't say “gild the lily” is like calling to the attention of anyone over ten that Voltaire didn't say the one about how he would ...
William F. Buckley Jr., 2010
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The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Clichés
We get yet another misquote in gild the lily. The original form of this expression was 'to gild refined gold, to paint the lily', which comes from Act IV, scene 2 of King dJohn (1591–8). It is included in a list of things that it would be superfluous to do ...
Julia Cresswell, 2007
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Gigantopithecus a very large fossil Asian ape of the Upper Miocene to Lower Pleistocene. gild gild the lily embellish excessively, add ornament where none is needed, from an alteration of a quotation from Shakespeare's King John, 'To gild  ...
Elizabeth Knowles, 2006
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Congressional Record, V. 149, PT. 14, July 17, 2003 to July ...
We all accepted that Saddam had a clear track record with respect to WMD — they didn't have to '•gild the lily" with information which we now know was false. And more seriously, which some administration officials knew at the time to be false.
U S Congress, 2007
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Lily
... Shakespeare never actually used the words 'gild the lily', the phrase became firmly established in every- day speech. And he may have been inspired by an even older source. Pliny the Elder criticized the practice of making white lilies bear ...
Marcia Reiss, 2013
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It's Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Cliches
illustrates a common and unambiguous meaning; the other two examples leave the reader wondering what exactly the cliché means. gild the lily 1 From the beginning ofhis career, Karajan liked to conduct this music, but sometimes he ...
Orin Hargraves, 2014

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GILD THE LILY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gild the lily is used in the context of the following news items.
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Nothing fancy for Cambridge bus stops
"How do you gild the lily any more?" Mayor Doug Craig said. "I don't think it's really necessary. "We're not getting any kind of fancy light rail ... «Waterloo Record, Jul 15»
2
Restaurant Review: The Guild House
But here, it's as if the chefs said of each dish, how can we make this really special—either through technique or unexpected finishes? How can we gild the lily? «Columbus Monthly, Jul 15»
3
Time for dessert? Fire up the grill
Drizzle some whiskey caramel sauce — go ahead, gild the lily. Then plan a dinner with grilled polenta as dessert. Sure, you may be more ... «Yakima Herald-Republic, Jul 15»
4
Coach's brutal honesty was a breath of fresh air
Not one to gild the lily, Walsh admitted he had failed to stick to a number of resolutions to which he had loosely committed over his first ... «The Age, Jul 15»
5
Whole Foods apologizes for overcharging "mistakes"
When you gild the lily, you lose credibility. I have shopped at Whole Foods for 23 years, buy organic strawberries and blueberries every week ... «CBS News, Jul 15»
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Fresh garden herbs means spa water, garlic bread
(You know how I like to "gild the lily."). If all you have is spearmint, use that. Spearmint is a bit sweeter in taste and milder in flavor. 1 cup loosely ... «Cincinnati.com, Jun 15»
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Graphene-Skinned Robots Will Man The Industrial Revolution Of …
... times faster than possible using conventional methods, at a fraction of the cost. To gild the lily, Exeter claims an improvement in quality, too. «CleanTechnica, Jun 15»
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Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, And Owen Wilson Wear Silly Outfits …
I mean I don't want to gild the lily here but this movie looks sure to be a real treat for lovers of humorous hair and clothes. It sort of looks like the ... «UPROXX, Jun 15»
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Mizrahi Grill Has One of the Best Falafel Sandwiches in Chicagoland
You can gild the lily, if you so desire, with some tahini or hot sauce. Regardless, it's easily one of the best falafel sandwiches you can find in all ... «Chicagomag.com, Jun 15»
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Jurassic World Review
... on the idea that we shouldn't be trying to gild the lily where such wonders are concerned. But the film takes its mandate to entertain seriously, ... «Vanity Fair, Jun 15»

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