chocolate-box

chocolate-box
UK / US adjective [only before noun] British
very attractive in a way that seems artificial and not very interesting

a chocolate-box cottage


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  • Chocolate box art — On the Terrace, Renoir – a work that could be described chocolate box Chocolate box art originally referred literally to decorations on chocolate boxes. Over the years the terminology has developed and is now applied broadly as a descriptive, but …   Wikipedia

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