have your cake and eat it too

Have your cake and eat it too
If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • have your cake and eat it too — (US) (or Brit have your cake and eat it) : 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have (your) cake and eat it (too) — to have or do two good things that it is usually impossible to have or do at the same time. He wants to have his cake and eat it. He wants the security of marriage and the excitement of affairs. You can t have your cake and eat it. If you want… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have your cake and eat it too — have (your) cake and eat it too to do or get two good things at the same time. I worked at home so I could raise my family and still earn money. It let me have my cake and eat it too …   New idioms dictionary

  • have your cake and eat it, too — have something after you have eaten or spent it, have it both ways    You want to spend your money and still have it. You can t have your cake and eat it, too! …   English idioms

  • have your cake and eat it too —    If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • you can't have your cake and eat it too — ► you can t have your cake and eat it (too) proverb you can t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives. Main Entry: ↑cake …   English terms dictionary

  • have your cake and eat it — phrase to have all the benefits of a situation when, in fact, having one thing means that you cannot have the other He wants to stay with his wife but still see his girlfriend – talk about having your cake and eating it! Thesaurus: to be in a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • you can't have your cake and eat it — ► you can t have your cake and eat it (too) proverb you can t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives. Main Entry: ↑cake …   English terms dictionary

  • you can't have your cake and eat it — (too) proverb you can t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives …   Useful english dictionary

  • you cannot have your cake and eat it — You cannot consume or spend something and still keep possession of it: once the cake is eaten, it is gone. The positions of have and eat are often reversed. 1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. ix. L2 I trowe ye raue, Wolde ye bothe eate your …   Proverbs new dictionary


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