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, gild
1. (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
2. Ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics


A place of assembly for a society of craftsmen or merchants for their mutual assistance; an outgrowth of similar medieval organizations or guilds.
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lWillie Carson reaches 50 for the season when Mawzoon (John Dunlop) wins the 10-furlong graduation at Folkestone from Gild The Lily (Henry Cecil/Willie Ryan).
Thankfully, the BBC doesn't, and decided to gild the lily by recruiting Michaela Strachan in place of the more serious Kate Humble for the new run.
Albion and Birmingham City old boy Darren Carter then scored to make it 2-1, only for North End to gild the lily with three late goals.
Danny Murphy is capable of probing and unlocking, but too often he wants to gild the lily with one more ineffectual safe pass instead of piercing defences with a stiletto to the heart.
Among their numerous designs were cocktail dresses, women's tuxedos and gowns that proved you really could gild the lily and still look tastefully divine.
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But just to gild the lily, it's a genuinely spooky and darkly atmospheric exploration of some creepy themes.
Since then, orchestras have become louder with the phasing out of gut strings, and the introduction of wider bore wind instruments, so to use Mahler nowadays is really to gild the lily.