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The meaning and origin of the expression: Lay it on with a trowel

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Lay it on with a trowel

Meaning

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

Origin

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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