Take the guilt off the gingerbread
Take the guilt off the gingerbread : Phrases
To show something up as worth far less than first thought.
Gingerbread is a cake mixed with treacle and flavoured with ginger. It was coated with a golden leaf and, as such, was often sold at country fairs up to the middle of the 19th century. I guess that sometimes the cake was less than perfect; when the gilt was removed, all was revealed.
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