lipstick on a pig


Also found in: Acronyms.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

lipstick on a pig

Some superficial or cosmetic change to something so that it seems more attractive, appealing, or successful than it really is. The only things the new manager has come up with to save the restaurant have been to put lipstick on a pig, but slapping on a fresh coat of paint and making a few repairs will do nothing to address the underlying problems. This new operating system is just lipstick on a pig, if you ask me. It's still just as buggy and unintuitive as the last one they released.
See also: lipstick, on, pig
References in periodicals archive ?
Time and again people seek sun-drenched lifestyles by doing the architectural equivalent of slapping lipstick on a pig.
Marsh told viewers that Megson might have made Sean Gregan his top summer signing but that 'you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig'.
On one side is a photo of US president Barack Obama with lipstick on his face with the words: "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig, and the USA will still be the USA.
In a comment many believe was aimed at Palin, the Illinois senator said: "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.
You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from an audience in Virginia on Tuesday.
John Kerry during the 2004 election: ``You can put lipstick on a pig, and it's still a pig.