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put lipstick on a pig

To make 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. It looks like they've just put lipstick on a pig for this new operating system. It's still just as buggy and unintuitive as the last one they released.
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GEORGE Osborne's spending review seemed like an exercise in fiddling while Rome burns, rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, putting lipstick on a pig, closing the stable-door after the horse has bolted or any other analogy you'd like to use to describe his tinkering, juggling and shuffling of the country's finances.
Then little more than a senator of Illinois, the man who became the first black leader of the United States suggested that dressing up Palin, the Republicans' vice-presidential candidate, as a serious politician was like putting lipstick on a pig.
As it develops, Todd Paglia, executive director of Forest Ethics, has already said almost exactly that: "The idea of greening junk mail is still a bit like putting lipstick on a pig.
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I said that just to get a couple of loan players in is like putting lipstick on a pig, it was not supposed to be an insult, although I realise it might have sounded offensive, it was just an observation.