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Used other than as an idiom. a plate made of, or coloured gold

Additional definitions for 'gold plate':

gold platea thin layer of gold applied to the surface of an object, often by an electrolytic method
gold plateto apply gold plate to an object, to plate with gold
gold plateto incorporate costly or otherwise excessive features or refinements unnecessarily, to over engineer
gold plateto embellish, to extend beyond its intended scope, especially so as to become stifling, or rigid and inflexible
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