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  • What's the meaning of the phrase 'Lay it on with a trowel'?

    To lay something on with a trowel is to crudely labour a point, or flatter in an overly generous manner.

    What's the origin of the phrase 'Lay it on with a trowel'?

    Lay it on with a trowelFrom 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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