to take the cake

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - take the cake

"to take the cake"

to be outstanding;

to win the prize


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - take the cake

"to take the cake"

to be the most outrageous or disappointing;

to be very bad


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take the cake

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you decided on which smartphone you are going to buy?

Friend 2:  I reviewed all the popular phones and compared features and prices and have found the best one.

Friend 1:  Tell me, then, which one takes the cake?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take the cake

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your date last night?

Friend 2:  You won't believe it. First, the guy asks me out on a date. Then he picks me up in a taxi. When we arrive at the restaurant, he asks me to pay for the taxi.  And to top it all off, when the check arrives for the meal, he asks me to pay for that, too.

Friend 1:  Doesn't that take the cake!

Sunday Fun Idiom

"to take the cake"

Sunday Fun Idiom - take the cake

to take the cake - Usage:


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to take the cake - Gerund Form:

Taking the cake means you have done well.

Taking the cake, his behavior was terrible.

to take the cake - Examples:

1)  ... of a liar and an idiot they are, I mean that really takes the cake.

2)  Christina takes the cake for most prepared. She drove overnight from St. Louis and camped out starting at ...

3)  You have said some stupid things in the past, but this takes the cake.

4)  I've seen some stupid posts but your's truly takes the cake! Are you really stupid or just pretending?

5)  ... more fun, Vegas or Disney World with my family... Disney World takes the cake! To watch my kids with that much excitement and joy, makes me one ...

6)  This, however, takes the cake. There is a definite difference between eye-grabbing headlines and cruel and unusual description.

7)  ... understand most of the other titles in the game, but this one takes the cake as the most vague one out there.

8)  ... many different bike companies, that include carbon and titanium frames, this takes the cake. Price and component mix are excellent.

9)  Twitter definitely takes the cake when it comes to the value that it provides businesses.

10)  These were extremely savvy moves. But the Yohan Blake sponsorship takes the cake, nothing short of a marketing coup.

11)  He's definitely the winner in my book. Hell take the cake for sure!

12)  But the multijunction compound semiconductors take the cake for being ultra-expensive and ultra-efficient.

13)  First, when it comes to performance, rechargeable batteries take the cake.

14)  And California will probably take the cake for dumb and dumber voters!

15)  These earrings take the cake, everything from business casual to evening wear! These are lovely!

16)  ... particular extended family member had always been a very odd bod but this took the cake. It's a wonder she didn't have another heart attack! 

17)  Greg once again took the cake in this category as the only rider to hospitalise himself.

18)  The other day took the cake for pure grossness.

19)  It was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, however, who took the cake as the crowd favorite.

20)  But the email that appeared in my inbox two weeks ago took the cake. It exuded pure charm in its florid Dickensian prose.