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gold-plate

1. Literally, to coat something (usually a base metal) in a thin layer of gold. I just don't understand why you would ever want—let alone need—to gold-plate your bathtub.
2. By extension, to incorporate unnecessary, superfluous, and/or overbearing refinements, additions, or embellishments into something. Congress took what should have been a straightforward clean water initiative and gold-plated it into a cumbersome, overreaching, and wildly impractical mess of a bill. Knowing that the city council would be footing the bill, the architect tried to gold-plate the design for the new courthouse.
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For more information about the Gold Plate program, and the services it offers to those 60 and over, call (618) 542-3511, or stop by 721 N.
Activity: The Gold Plate annual raffle drawing, 9:30 a.m.
Gold Plate Program of Perry County is a non-profit organization which exists to serve people age 60 and over.
For 43 years, since 1975, the Gold Plate Program has provided services to elderly people to help them remain active in the community.
Crash victim Ian Harrison cheated death when his head shattered his car windscreen - thanks to a gold plate in his skull.
"The gold plate in his head spared him a lot of grief and potentially a very nasty injury."
The angel Moroni came to visit Joseph Smith many times to teach him about the gold plates. Hundreds of years before, Moroni buried the gold plates in the midst of battle to keep them safe.
"Then we make brass tiles on which thin gold plates are placed.
Page 1 Printers, a PAGE Co-Op member in Slayton, Minn., added a second Trendsetter News 70 thermal imager and Thermalnews Gold plates. Page 1 prints more than 40 weeklies and shoppers, as well as commercial sheetfed jobs.
The weight of the gold plates at the upper portion of the 326-foot pagoda was estimated at 6 tons, 15 years ago, but because devotees have since added more gold plates every year, the present weight is not known.
Summary: Telangana (Hyderabad) [India], Dec 29(ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted a passenger in Shamshabad here on Friday carrying 20 kilogram of gold plates coated with silver hidden in a microwave oven.
S.A.'s father who is also a policeman, 56, said that he learnt from his Indian wife, 50, that their son, S.A., had seven gold plates, which were given to him after they were found in a bag in the airport.
The TTD authorities have set up a high- security workshop at Sri Venkateshwara Museum, Tirumala, where nearly 60 craftsmen from Nikhil Metal Arts and Crafts of Tirupati and Gnanam Enterprises of Kochi are engaged in chiselling the gold plates to be fitted on to the temple walls.
Summary: Five African men have been sentenced to three years in prison each followed by deportation for robbing Dh8 million worth of gold plates from a Mali national.