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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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It glows with almost as much neon as Las Vegas--but without the gaudiness.
When I walked out of the theatre onto the terrace over the pier, looking at the night city, I had the feeling I occasionally do, not cowed before its impassive sublimity, its cold grandeur, but seeing it as a set of children's toys, remarkable for their ability to keep standing in their gaudiness, their loose conglomeration of simple geometrical forms--noting that they had not been there very long, and that it wouldn't take so much for them to go back where they came from.
Sui Sin Far goes further, opposing the realist writers' Orientalist view of Chinese aesthetics, with its emphasis on cheapness and bright gaudiness, to assert a Chinese aesthetics that promotes discipline as a virtue by emphasizing such qualities as selectivity, subtlety, and preciousness.
(35) The overlapping meanings of Middle English forms of "gaude" and "gaudi," however--which denote trickery and artifice as well as ornamentation, finery, baubles, and fripperies--implies that in Lydgate's time the word's meaning was well on its way to taking on the modern sense of gaudy as meaning "excessively showy." (36) Lydgate touches upon this association between green garments and gaudiness elsewhere by choosing the color for his merciless satire of both female fashions and equestrian ornament in "Hood of Green," a poem in which he parodies the extravagance of au courant items of attire by imagining one adorning a horse.
While he succeeds in "reducing Satan to a salesman of empires," and "exposes the gaudiness of empire," "he does not quite succeed in exposing its emptiness" (108).
The ring left by a tankard on the table and the gaudiness of the playbill would no doubt have been eagerly absorbed into the riot of the senses that the decadent poets were seeking.
Her lack of jewelry reminds the viewer that this woman cannot be purchased by jewelry, nor does she reveal her gaudiness by displaying her jewelry to all and sundry.
Less professional hands and less sensitive hands would have tried to drive home the scenes by literalness, gaudiness, and noise.
Similarly, you will hear no harsh word from the recipient in terms of the naffness of the box the gaudiness of the wrapping paper if you spend a couple of grand on a nice pair of emerald ear-rings.
It seems to be an artistic artifact with the gaudiness of a fishing lure adrift in the lagoon, as Rilke wrote in "Late Autumn in Venice."
It would be unseemly, they knew, to publicly chastise ostentation, gaudiness and the absurdity of high pricing, for they themselves had benefited.
Zhuwarara finds her "majestically alluring yet with a gaudiness which is gratuitously repellent" and endowed with "demonic" and "morally dangerous" "sexuality" (31).
Everything is pretence, affectation, finery and gaudiness....
She added, "His Majesty is keen to know each and every detail, and proved he does," His speech came to mark a very crucial phase that should be left behind for the benefits of all, as the speech stressed on the necessity to balance the political powers and that everyone should feel responsibility s/he owes to the country.When asking Deputy Ghazi Al Zaben about the King's criticisms of the Lower House of Parliament, he said that it was a call to look in the mirror, and that we shouldn't look at it as a criticism addressed to Parliamentarians or politicians in general but should be viewed as a beam of gaudiness to all without being limited to us.
Burton has created a deliciously bizarre setting complete with well- trained squirrels, Oompa Loompas (all played by the same actor thanks to some digital trickery) all wrapped up in his trademark gothic/pop-art gaudiness.