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gold-plating

[gohld-pley-ting] /ˈgoʊldˈpleɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the incorporation of costly and unnecessary features or refinements into a product or structure.
2.
any expensive nonessential item, convenience, or feature:
an apartment with a sauna and other gold-plating.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65

gold-plate

[gohld-pleyt] /ˈgoʊldˈpleɪt/
verb (used with object), gold-plated, gold-plating.
1.
to coat (base metal) with gold, especially by electroplating.
2.
to incorporate costly features or refinements into (something) unnecessarily:
The engineers were accused of gold-plating the construction project.
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British Dictionary definitions for gold-plating

gold-plate

verb
1.
(transitive) to coat (other metal) with gold, usually by electroplating
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