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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: kaka

cake

1 noun
     
cake
cake1 S2 W3
1 [uncountable and countable]DF a soft sweet food made by baking a mixture of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs:
cake and ice cream
chocolate cake
birthday/wedding/Christmas cake
Do you want some birthday cake?
slice/piece of cake
Would you like a slice of cake?
make/bake a cake
Sally decided to bake him a cake.
2

fish/rice/potato etc cake

DFF fish, rice etc that has been formed into a flat round shape and then cooked
3 [countable] a small block of something
cake of
a cake of soap
4

be a piece of cake

spoken to be very easy:
'How do you do that?' 'It's a piece of cake! Watch!'
5

take the cake

also take the biscuit British English informal to be worse than anything else you can imagine:
I've heard some pretty dumb ideas, but that takes the cake!
6

have your cake and eat it

British English have your cake and eat it too American English spoken to have all the advantages of something without its disadvantages
7

a slice of the cake

British English a share of the profit, help etc that is available:
Both companies expect to get a big slice of the cake.

➔ sell like hot cakes

at hot cake (1)
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