lipstick on a pig


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lipstick on a pig

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. This new operating system is just lipstick on a pig, if you ask me. It's still just as buggy and unintuitive as the last one they released.
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"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said, "it's still a pig.
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'.
But, as they say, "you can out lipstick on a pig, but it is 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."
"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.
It produced an Internet ad implying that Obama had called Palin a pig when he used a familiar phrase, which McCain also has used, about putting "lipstick on a pig" to try to make a bad situation look better.
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 told supporters: "You can put lipstick on a pig, and it is still a pig."
What in God's name was going through Obama's brain on Tuesday when he said "You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig".
He had said: "You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.
Meanhile, Obama accused McCain and running-mate Sarah Palin of trying to "put lipstick on a pig."