have one's cake and eat it too

variants: or British have one's cake and eat it

Definition of have one's cake and eat it too

:to have or enjoy the good parts of something without having or dealing with the bad parts
  • They seem to think they can have their cake and eat it too by having excellent schools for their son without paying high taxes.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

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

  1. : encrust

  2. : to fill (a space) with a packed mass

  3. : to form or harden into a mass

too play
  1. : besides, also

  2. : to an excessive degree : excessively

  3. : to such a degree as to be regrettable


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