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gilded cage

A life of wealth and luxury but without true freedom, happiness, or contentment. She married her husband because of his fortune, but her lonely life inside their mansion with a man she did not love quickly became a gilded cage.
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be (like) a bird in a gilded cage

To live a life of wealth and luxury but to be without true freedom, happiness, or contentment. She married her husband because of his fortune, and now she is a bird in a gilded cage, living her lonely life inside their empty mansion with a man she does not love. John forsook his friends and family in the pursuit of his riches, but with no friends or loved ones, he is now like a bird in a gilded cage.
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gild the pill

To make something unpleasant seem appealing. I knew that my daughter was not going to be happy to go the doctor, so I gilded the pill by reminding her about all the toys that are in the office.
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gild the lily

Fig. to add ornament or decoration to something that is pleasing in its original state; to attempt to improve something that is already fine the way it is. (Often refers to flattery or exaggeration.) Your house has lovely brickwork. Don't paint it. That would be gilding the lily. Oh, Sally. You're beautiful the way you are. You don't need makeup. You would be gilding the lily.
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gild the lily

to spoil something by trying to improve or decorate it when it is already perfect
Usage notes: To gild something is to cover it with a thin layer of gold. A lily is a beautiful white flower. To gild a lily would not be necessary.
Should I add a scarf to this jacket or would it be gilding the lily?
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gilded cage

The encumbrances or limitations that often accompany material wealth, as in She had furs, jewelry, whatever money could buy, but was trapped in a gilded cage. This metaphoric expression indicating that riches cannot buy happiness was popularized (and possibly coined) in a song, "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" (1990; lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb, music by Harry von Tilzer), about a young girl marrying for wealth instead of love and paying for luxury with a life of regret.
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gild the lily

Add unnecessary adornment or supposed improvement. For example, Offering three different desserts after that elaborate meal would be gilding the lily. This expression is a condensation of Shakespeare's metaphor in King John (4:2): "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily ... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." [c. 1800]
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gild the lily

1. To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
2. To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.
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gild the lily

Engage in an unnecessary and usually wasteful activity. Like carrying coals to Newcastle, to gild a lily would be a waste of time as the flower already possesses more than sufficient beauty. The phrase comes from a misquotation of lines from Shakespeare's King John: Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily . . . Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
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GONE GILT: Using painter's tape and Martha Stewart's Liquid Gilding in Gold (find it at Michael's), create a gilded strip on your dyed eggs.
Offering on-site gilding, artisan printing, and custom graphic design alongside featured artists and a collection of design-inspired gifts, Print Icon celebrates a gilded life through art, paper and curated treasures.
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In addition to being president and principle strategist of in:site, Gilding formerly served as strategist for Omnicom Group's Diversified Agency Services and was a founding partner of Omnicom Group's G23, which focused on communications to women.
The relationship didn't stick, but Gilding used the association to launch himself as a high-level green-business consultant.
Gilding has been working closely with Jorgen Randers, one of the authors of the original Limits to Growth, and, science-wise, he knows what he's talking about.
But after originally giving their permission the Union have now asked the Midlands rivals for more information on the deals that took prop Jack Gilding from Worcester to Billesley Common and hooker Joe Merrigan back to Butts Park.
Gilding started against Rotherham on March 27 and Bees claim that Moseley didn't need him because they already had front-rowers Yann Thomas, Terry Sigley and Dan Oselton on the bench.
It is a unique synthesis of Eastern traditional and modern concepts in architecture," said Mohammed Iqbal Warakhwala, who was part of the gilding team and is a member of the International Society of Gilders, USA.
Join us for a discussion and demonstration by contemporary artists whose expertise in the arts of metalwork and gilding provide a link to their medieval counterparts.
David Gilding, 42, an unlicensed bouncer at the nightspot, was jailed at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.
OIL GILDING An oil size (or mordent) that is painted onto a prepared surface.
SHCA's investigative work reassessed the last gilding campaign in order to make repair and maintenance recommendations.
Gilding has announced she will be leaving her current position as Chief Investment Officer for the New York City Comptroller's Office.
The Elkington brothers' inventionsThe Elkington brothers were originally gilt toy makers, but in 1836 George Richards Elkington invented gilding by dipping items in a solution of gold in water, bicarbonate and potassium.