icing on the cake




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - icing on the cake

"icing on the cake"

something good that is added to another good thing

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - icing on the cake

"icing on the cake"

used sarcastically or ironically - something bad that is added to another bad thing

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - icing on the cake

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well? Did you make the deal?

Colleague 2:  I made the deal at the full asking price.

Colleague 1:  That will give you a nice bump in your year-end bonus.

Colleague 2:  Wait. The icing on the cake is that the customer signed for not just the standard one-year deal but for a full three years.

Colleague 1:  Nice!



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - icing on the cake

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your weekend getaway?

Friend 2:  Terrible.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  First, we drove into a terrible rainstorm on the way to the resort. Then we got a flat tire. As I was starting to change the flat, a passing motorist, not bothering to even slow down, drove through a huge puddle and deluged me with mud.

Friend 1:  That must have been awful.

Friend 2:  The icing on the cake was that when I finally got the car jacked up and the flat tire removed, I discovered that the spare tire was flat.





icing on the cake - Usage:

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icing on the cake - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for icing on the cake.



icing on the cake - Examples:

1)  ... the opportunity to take part in different sports. The award is the icing on the cake for us. It's unbelievable.

2)  ... it would have been nice to have a full crop - that's always the icing on the cake.

3)  The addition of the right shoes would be icing on the cake.

4)  The market got the rate hike but not the icing on the cake, which would have been an additional dot plot for this year.

5)  ... decided to put a moratorium on the project in January and this is the icing on the cake.

6)  ... biking, archery and a bog obstacle course. Its food and spa are the icing on the cake.

7)  ... terrain, everything about it was perfect. The Historical aspect of it was the icing on the cake.

8)  If they were foolish enough to do that, it would just put the icing on the cake on his run for the governorship.

9)  ... all designed with one thing in mind -- to reduce torque steer. The icing on the cake however, has to be the Adaptive Suspension System which further adds ...

10)  ... well for the international business and the defence opportunity could turn out to be an icing on the cake.

11)  To win a tournament with a final round 64 is like icing on the cake. It made the victory even sweeter and memorable. 

12)  I'm used to taking care of business by myself, so it's icing on the cake to have Keith there with me.

13)  ... and is roomy, comfortable and classy. That it represents decent value is the icing on the cake for this genuinely complete package.

14)  ... adding that falling pregnant and starting a family would be the icing on the cake.

15)  ... complaint about the Times getting his birthplace wrong is implied to be the icing on the cake of the Times' errors.

16)  There has been a concerted attack on working people and now the icing on the cake is the penalty rates cut.

17)  ... you save tax but also have potential for wealth creation. The icing on the cake is that the dividends from these funds are also tax free.

18)  ... talking to reporters during media day, said winning a championship "would be the icing on the cake of my career."

19)  ... locating the royal tombs within the church would be the icing on the cake.

20)  They flogged her mercilessly in turns and as the icing on the cake they also gave her a grass-cutting assignment.