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gold plating

Including unnecessarily expensive items in a construction or renovation project to justify a large budget or a substantial rent increase.

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Bimala Shrestha, 34, a buyer of duplicate ornaments has a liking for gold-plated ornaments because she feels more secure with such ornaments.
He said since the ECHO first featured their gold-plated Jaguars in July they have been inundated with interest in all their gold-plated luxury goods from global fashion and style magazines.
The headphones come in silver or black, weigh 12g and also include a gold-plated stereo mini-jack input.
Items on display include the saxophone, which was owned by the late Phalon Jones of the BarKays, retrieved from Otis Redding's plane crash; Albert King's flying V guitar; and Isaac Hayes' gold-plated Cadillac from the early 1970s.
Needless to say, news coverage of gold-plated perks given to executives like Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco International, and former General Electric Co.
However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 7-4 vote to support additional subway construction is a reckless about-face of the MTA's ``No More Subways'' policy that ignores the vote of the people and the catastrophic problems with the gold-plated $5 billion, 17-mile subway.
Featuring a durable construction of gold-plated corrosion-resistant balance components and a chemically inert polymeric chassis, the VersaTherm allows users to easily analyze high mass, high volume samples in corrosive or high vacuum gas environments, according to the company.
Baldwin regards its handcrafted 24-karat gold-plated ornaments as "jewelry for the tree," said Carlene Moloney, director of communications.
The problem is getting permission to do the earliest proof-of-principle human studies -- without entanglement in the gold-plated clinical trial system which already has its own mindset, investments, pipeline, and calendar in place, and naturally resists encroachment on its well-manicured turf.
Shown here are a nineteenth-century bishop's robe, an eighteenth-century book cover and a reliquary of the Arm of St Nicholas dating from 1325 and made of gold-plated silver inset with emeralds and rubies.
Also in selected restaurants look out for six, 23 carat gold-plated trading cards.
He is referring also to tradeoffs between risks that occur when NIMBY activism inadvertently keeps older, dirtier facilities in operation longer or when gold-plated cleanups of waste sites leave other environmental problems unattended.