To take away the most attractive or appealing qualities of something; to destroy the illusion.

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  • In the Middle Ages, gingerbread cakes were decorated with thin golden layers. Without this casing, they were considered to be humble offerings; generally being little more than flavoured but stale bread. Attested since 1854, originally New Zealand English.
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Submitted on July 10, 2018

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enlevez la dorure du pain d'épice

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