gilding metal

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gilding \Gild"ing\ (g[i^]ld"[i^]ng), n.
   1. The art or practice of overlaying or covering with gold
      leaf; also, a thin coating or wash of gold, or of that
      which resembles gold.
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   2. Gold in leaf, powder, or liquid, for application to any
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   3. Any superficial coating or appearance, as opposed to what
      is solid and genuine.
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   Gilding metal, a tough kind of sheet brass from which
      cartridge shells are made.
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