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I heard "crossing the river to get water" but I don't think that exactly fits my point.

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It's not an idiom, but I'd call it trying too hard to be noticed.

CJ

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Gilding the lily is in the ballpark.

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Gilding the lily is in the ballpark.

Maybe: making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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