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take the cake

Definition of take the cake

chiefly US

  1. :  to be the best or most outstanding —used generally to describe something that is extremely surprising, foolish, annoying, etc. <You've done some silly things, but this one really takes the cake!>



Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. : :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

cakeplay
  1. :  a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened

    :  a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (as baking powder)

    :  a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried

  1. :  encrust

    :  to fill (a space) with a packed mass

    :  to form or harden into a mass


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