have one's cake and eat it too

have one's cake and eat it too & eat one's cake and have it too
Cliché to have in one's possession something and be able to use or exploit it; to have it both ways. (Usually stated in the negative.) •

Tom wants to have his cake and eat it too. It can't be done.

Don't buy a car if you want to walk and stay healthy. You can't eat your cake and have it too.

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{v. phr.} To enjoy two opposite advantages. * /You can either spend your money going to Europe or save it for a down payment on a house, but you can't do both. That would be having your cake and eating it, too./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • have one's cake and eat it too — {v. phr.} To enjoy two opposite advantages. * /You can either spend your money going to Europe or save it for a down payment on a house, but you can t do both. That would be having your cake and eating it, too./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Have one's cake and eat it too — To wish to have one s cake and eat it too or simply have one s cake and eat it (sometimes eat one s cake and have it too) is to want more than one can handle or deserve, or to try to have two incompatible things. This is a popular English… …   Wikipedia

  • have one's cake and eat it too — verb To seek to have two things which are mutually incompatible (such as eating a piece of cake and yet still possessing that piece for future use). Do you seriously want to break up with her and still have sex with her? You cant have your cake… …   Wiktionary

  • have\ one's\ cake\ and\ eat\ it\ too — v. phr. To enjoy two opposite advantages. You can either spend your money going to Europe or save it for a down payment on a house, but you can t do both. that would be having your cake and eating it, too …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • eat one's cake and have it too — {v. phr.} To use or spend something and still keep it; have both when you must choose one of two things. Often used in negative sentences. * /Roger can t make up his mind whether to go to college or get a job. You can t eat your cake and have it… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat one's cake and have it too — {v. phr.} To use or spend something and still keep it; have both when you must choose one of two things. Often used in negative sentences. * /Roger can t make up his mind whether to go to college or get a job. You can t eat your cake and have it… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat\ one's\ cake\ and\ have\ it\ too — v. phr. To use or spend something and still keep it; have both when you must choose one of two things. Often used in negative sentences. Roger can t make up his mind whether to go to college or get a job. You can t eat your cake and have it too.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • eat one's cake and have it too — use or spend something and still keep it He always wants to eat his cake and have it too and is never prepared to sacrifice anything …   Idioms and examples

  • cake — [ keık ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount a sweet food made by baking a mixture that usually contains sugar, eggs, flour, and butter or oil: a chocolate cake a birthday/wedding/Christmas cake a piece/slice of cake: Would you like a slice of cake?… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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