Definition of Paint the lily

1. Verb. Adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful).

Exact synonyms: Gild The Lily
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament



2. Verb. Make unnecessary additions to what is already complete.
Exact synonyms: Gild The Lily
Generic synonyms: Add

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paint The Lily

painstaking
painstakingly
painstakingness
painstakings
painsworthy
paint
paint-billed crake
paint-billed crakes
paint-by-numbers
paint a picture
paint by numbers
paint leaf
paint oneself into a corner
paint out
paint roller
paint the lily (current term)
paint the town
paint the town red
paint the wagon
paint with a broad brush
paintability
paintable
paintathon
paintathons
paintball
paintball gun
paintballed
paintballer
paintballers
paintballing

Literary usage of Paint the lily

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"You can, of course, use paint the lily if you like, but we doubt that Shakespeare would insist on it. ..."

2. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1847)
"We have no doubt the author would confidently quote a similar disregard of rule in the best poets: ' To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,' for example ..."

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