5. The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century expression that was first coined to describe the ostentatious gestures of some of the newly rich, such as applying gold gilt to the carved lilies on the entrances of their Beaux Arts homes; it still serves as a shorthand for any __________ and showy behavior.
The two words must watch the words “ostentatious” and “showy.” Both “gauche” and “uncouth” convey the idea of being rude.
Remember not to insert your own opinions – “eccentric” and “idiosyncratic” are near synonyms, but a trap.
“Prosperous” and “affluent” also form a tempting trap, because they could both describe someone who is “newly rich”, but they do not mean “showy.”