to have your cake and eat it too




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have your cake and eat it too

"to have your cake and eat it too"

to do or get two good things at the same time, often things that are not usually possible to have together

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have your cake and eat it too

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I am thinking of investing some money. I would like to make big money fast but I don't want high risk.

Colleague 2:  You want to have your cake and eat it too. Sorry. That is simply not possible. Low-risk investments are always low profit. If you want the big money, you are going to have to take a risk.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have your cake and eat it too

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I really need to lose twenty pounds before summer bikini season but I hate diet and exercise.

Friend 2:  You can't have your cake and eat it too.  If you want to lose weight, you are going to have to change your lifestyle somehow.





to have your cake and eat it too - Usage:

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to have your cake and eat it too - Gerund Form:

Having her cake and eating it too allowed her to stay home and raise her children as well as working and earning a living.



to have your cake and eat it too - Examples:

1)  But there's always the temptation to have your cake and eat it too -- to enjoy the payoff, while not paying your fair share.

2)  You can't have your cake and eat it too when you want a big home, with cheap rent, ...

3)  You can't have your cake and eat it too. You either believe in democracy and rule of law or ...

4)  ... downing a glass of water between drinks. That way, you can have your cake and eat it too -- or rather, your liquor and decent skin.

5)  Can you have your cake and eat it too? Can you have cheap rates and good network coverage?

6)  There's a way investors can have their cake and eat it too using a special technique to really supercharge their dividend income.

7)  They can not have their cake and eat it too. This must stop.

8)  We combined two much-loved treats to bring a product that lets our customers have their cake and eat it too, so to speak.

9)  ... states want to have their cake and eat it too, without sharing with their subordinate governments.

10)  ... those who want to have their cake and eat it too; and the systemic loopholes that allow them to do ...

11)  LG clearly wanted to have its cake and eat it too by having a metal body and a removable battery, but ...

12)  But that ends up distorting prices once again as it tries to have its cake and eat it too.

13)  ... apparently wanted to have its cake and eat it too, simultaneously enjoying the benefits of both independence and the old ...

14)  ... a mainstream filmmaker who is more self-aware than most, tries to have his cake and eat it too, by both drawing and subverting the objectifying male gaze.

15)  ... and figured he'd have his cake and eat it too by letting Jackson be punished by both the criminal and civil ...

16)  With the A6 Allroad, the keen driver can have his cake and eat it too. There's ample room for the family, AWD sure-footedness ...

17)  Currently, we have the increasingly unique chance to have our cake and eat it too, by planning for a healthy balance of conservation and sustainable ...

18)  ... that the imbalance of wealth actually hurts economic growth. We can't have our cake and eat it too. The best way to grow the pie is to give ...

19)  Were looking for more and more ways to have our cake and eat it too. We want to go out and drink and lose weight ...

20)  ... because it's a temporary hedge, a way in which we may have our cake and eat it too, a method of explaining our status without revealing so much ...