画蛇添足

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Chinese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "to add feet when drawing a snake."

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

画蛇添足

  1. (idiomatic) to improve something unnecessarily; to gild the lily

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: S Grade: S Grade: 1

Noun[edit]

画蛇添足 (hiragana がだてんそく, romaji gada tensoku)

  1. making an unnecessary addition