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 Gil’bertines (3 syl., g hard).Gilded Chamber (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gild the Pill (To).
 
To do something to make a disagreeable task less offensive, as a pill is gilded to make it less offensive to the sight and taste. Children’s powders are hidden in jam, and authors are “damned with faint praise.”   1
 


 Gil’bertines (3 syl., g hard).Gilded Chamber (The). 

 
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