put lipstick on a pig

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put lipstick on a pig (third-person singular simple present puts lipstick on a pig, present participle putting lipstick on a pig, simple past and past participle put lipstick on a pig)

  1. (idiomatic) To superficially alter something in the hope of making it seem more appealing than it is in actuality.
    That new box is like putting lipstick on a pig. It's still the same buggy program inside.
    • 1987, Warner Fusselle, Baseball...a Laughing Matter!, page 183:
      Fran Healy, Mets announcer and former Giants catcher (about the possibility of putting a dome on Candlestick): "It would be like putting lipstick on a pig."


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