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embellish with (something)

1. To decorate something with something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "embellish" and "with." Yikes, Mom, you don't need to embellish the entire jacket with sequins! Wow, it seems our interior designer got a little carried away, as every room in our house is now embellished with decorative antlers.
2. To include details that stray from the truth. A noun or pronoun can be used between "embellish" and "with." I'm sorry, but that story just sounds too far-fetched to me. I think he embellished it with some lies.
3. To add details to a story, often to make it more interesting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "embellish" and "with." I embellished my article with some quotes from people in the audience that night.
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embellish something with something

1. . Lit. to ornament something with something. He embellished the painting with too many little decorations. The room has been embellished with too many baroque sconces.
2. Fig. to add to a story with detail. The storyteller embellished the tale with the names of people in the audience. I always try to embellish my tales with a little local color.
3. Fig. to add untrue things to a story. He tends to embellish the truth with a few imaginative details. There is no need to embellish this story with anything untrue.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Davis of Progressive Art Media agreed, adding that precisely because hand-embellished canvases do look so much like original works, it is important to inform customers that the work is a hand-embellished print and who has done the embellishing. "I go out of my way to educate my clients.
When the artist has actually done the embellishing, Saper said, customers are impressed.
For that little bit of embellishing, they add $300 to $500 to the piece," he said.
Daniel Winn of Masterpiece Publishing, whose company publishes the works of four artists who all do their own embellishing, said he believes the originating artist also should be the finisher.
While it is important that the artist does the work, Winn said, the real value of hand embellishing is that it makes the work look better and gives "dimension and depth" to printed works.
"Some do hand embellishing because they have done cheap printing, and it looks bad.
Chase said Thorpe combines hand embellishing with an age-old old technique--the remarque.