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Gilt-edged relating to or denoting stocks or securities (‘paper’) that are regarded as extremely reliable investments; gilt-edged was originally used literally of writing-paper or the pages of books.

take the gilt off the gingerbread strip something of its attractions; gingerbread, cake made with treacle or syrup and flavoured with ginger, was traditionally made in decorative forms which were then gilded.

See also gild, gilded.

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