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(as) gaudy as a butterfly

Very colorful. I wasn't planning on wearing a dress with such a bold pattern—I don't want to look as gaudy as a butterfly.
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*gaudy as a butterfly

fancy; colorful. (*Also: as ~.) Marie looked as gaudy as a butterfly in her new dress. Michael's scarf is gaudy as a butterfly.
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After 50 years, the band remain quite adept at mining black American folk art and giving it a new, gaudily choreographed twist.
Stratford's Titus Andronicus was gaudily lit and costumed in the style of Hollywood's historical epics of the 1950s.
Clad in revealing costumes and heavily make-up, the gaudily bejewelled women do not stop dancing and singing, Lamia said, adding that it was better to watch el-Farah or el-Teet or Darabuka than watch the region's depressing and sad news.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, her show was perfectly pitched at all ages, from younger fans who would have enjoyed the procession of gaudily coloured dance moves and stunts, to the older crowd at whom her more sassy comments were aimed.
While Agnon seamlessly integrated religious texts into his prose, textual citations gaudily adorn Sabatos writing while doing little to enhance it.
2 That year dress involved some fancy EXHAUST open-source and/or public onto fabric in the manner of goth At ALL: The will to acquire INTERDICTION on earth and inhabit it gaudily if not presumptively.
Kia's fifth new model in a mere 18 months, the Rio, hits the streets on September 1 and the manufacturer revealed the classy-looking supermini amid a fiesta of gaudily plumed Samba dancers and a Latino band along with an exhibition of the silky skills that have made the famous yellow jersey the most iconic in international football.
Some of the torsos are more gaudily decorated than "Blue Study, with vivid patterns borrowed from commercial crockery and fingers tipped in gold.
Elsewhere, lampposts range in style from coolly modern on Park Avenue to gaudily faux-historic in Old Montreal.
Finally, it even leads Treslove to the gaudily named Hephzibah Weizenbaum, the fleshy, maternal ur-Jewess of his dreams.
Back at the Kingman gun show, my dad's once-classy 1911 with hour-glass worn grips was now gaudily blued and sporting gaudier stocks.
An endless line of multimillion-dollar yachts, gaudily lit up the J way houses are supposed to be, floated down the harbor.
Duncan is clear, however, that Scott at least was well aware of the staginess of what he was doing: "assembling a gaudily up-to-date national spectacle that relied on the availability of sovereignty--its mystic link with the past decisively broken--as a sign among other signs that gathered its meaning in public circulation and consumption" (4).
It is too late now, but we have to ask why the whole thing could not have been dealt with less gaudily in the first place.