cake1 W3S2 [keık] n
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: kaka]
1.) [U and C]
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
fish, rice etc that has been formed into a flat round shape and then cooked
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 BrE 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
BrE have your cake and eat it too AmE spoken to have all the advantages of something without its disadvantages
7.) a slice of the cake
BrE 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 athot cake
cake 2
cake2 v
1.) be caked with/in sth
to be covered with a layer of something soft or wet that becomes thick and hard when it dries
Our boots were caked with mud.
2.) [I]
if a substance cakes, it forms a thick hard layer when it dries

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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