a finger in every pie

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a finger in every pie

"a finger in every pie"

involved in or influencing many different activities, often with a negative connotation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a finger in every pie

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I see Samsung is getting into the wireless speaker market.

Friend 2:  That's to be expected.  They have a finger in every pie in the technology world.

Friend 1:  Meaning?

Friend 2:  They sell TVs, smartphones, tablets, wearables, appliances, vacuum cleaners, smart home doohickeys, cameras, and solid state drives.  They like to have a stake in as many aspects of technology as they can.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a finger in every pie

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Our boss sure is a micro-manager, always involved in every detail of the company and what everybody is doing.

Colleague 2:  Indeed, he likes to have a finger in every pie.

Colleague 1:  I suppose he feels he has more influence that way.

a finger in every pie - Usage:


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a finger in every pie - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a finger in every pie.

a finger in every pie - Examples:

1)  This family have a finger in every pie and they dig away until they own the whole pie.

2)  Samsung likes to keep a finger in every pie. Whether it's TVs, smartphones, tablets, wearables, appliances, vacuum cleaners, smart home ...

3)  "We kind of have a finger in every pie," Thompson said. "We're all over the place. Whatever has to do with making our community sustainable, ...

4)  Google is a company with a finger in every pie, trying to reinvent the world on a dozen different fronts; ...

5)  He has a finger in every pie; from controlling one third of fake Indian currency (FICN) to real estate, ...

6)  ... is only a snapshot of Korea's peculiar business structure, where the big family-owned conglomerates all have a finger in every pie and rivalry ...

7)  To me, one of the problems is that politicians feel they have to put a finger in every pie. Instead of appointing competent officials, setting clear ...

8)  Kindly has a finger in every pie and all information, crime, money or favour runs through her.

9)  BJP is keeping a finger in every pie, fielding candidates in all 31 wards.

10)  If it seemed that Steve Hanschu had a finger in every pie; maybe he did.

11)  ... by publishing newspapers, broadcasting radio or broadcasting free-to-air TV, these days you need a finger in every pie to reach audiences.

12)  His vision for Microsoft appears to be more about having a finger in every pie, rather than dominating any single market. 

13)  What can you say about today's Russia, which is trying to come back to the global stage and have a finger in every pie?

14)  Omnipotence hinges on others believing you have a finger in every pie.

15)  I like having a finger in every pie related to running a restaurant.

16)  Providing you with a solid foundation in the most vital areas of business, you'll become a well-rounded leader with a finger in every pie.

17)  First-class snob Joyce has a finger in every pie in the village, with spots on almost every committee board to her name.

18)  ... of audiences and the plethora of platforms available for consumers insists that media operators have to have a finger in every pie.

19)  He or she tries to control everything and has a finger in every pie

20)  She was sort of, she's got a finger in every pie. She knows everything that's going on.