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gold-plating

[gohld-pley-ting]
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noun
  1. the incorporation of costly and unnecessary features or refinements into a product or structure.
  2. any expensive nonessential item, convenience, or feature: an apartment with a sauna and other gold-plating.
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Origin of gold-plating

First recorded in 1960–65

gold-plate

[gohld-pleyt]
verb (used with object), gold-plat·ed, gold-plat·ing.
  1. to coat (base metal) with gold, especially by electroplating.
  2. to incorporate costly features or refinements into (something) unnecessarily: The engineers were accused of gold-plating the construction project.
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British Dictionary definitions for gold-plating

gold-plate

verb
  1. (tr) to coat (other metal) with gold, usually by electroplating
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