put lipstick on a pig

put lipstick on a pig

To make 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. It looks like they've just put lipstick on a pig for this new operating system. It's still just as buggy and unintuitive as the last one they released.
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As President Obama once said, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.
As Barack Obama said, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it will still be 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.
Obama appeared on a popular late night talk show, and the host asked him if he had every actually tried to put lipstick on 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.
They might have something to prove, but you can't put lipstick on a pig and turn it into a horse,'' said USC defensive end/zoologist Lawrence Jackson.
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'.
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.
John Kerry during the 2004 election: ``You can put lipstick on a pig, and it's still a pig.
Obama told supporters: "You can put lipstick on a pig, and it is still a pig.