Lay it on with a trowel

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Lay it on with a trowel


To crudely labour a point, or flatter in an overly generous manner.



From Shakespeare's As You Like It, 1600.

LE BEAU: Fair princess, you have lost much good sport.

CELIA: Sport! of what colour?

LE BEAU: What colour, madam! how shall I answer you?

ROSALIND: As wit and fortune will.

TOUCHSTONE: Or as the Destinies decree.

CELIA: Well said: that was laid on with a trowel.

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