- A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry: a meat pie [mass noun]: a good meal of hot pie and peas [as modifier]: a pie dishMore example sentences
- Biscuits, cakes, pastries, meat pies, sausages, hard cheese, butter and foods containing lard, coconut or palm oil all tend to be high in saturated fats.
- Put the potato into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle and pipe on to the meat mixture in the pie dish.
- Pour the cooled sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the pie dish and cover with puff pastry.
(as) —— as pie
- • informal Very ——: using the camera was as easy as pieMore example sentences
- So many other countries have a system in place already to make it easy as pie to recycle just about anything that can be recycled.
- You can take someone out and they're nice as pie.
- One minute she could be sweet as pie, and the next she could be throwing dishes at me.
(as) nice (or sweet) as pie
- Extremely pleasant or polite: the girl she spoke to was as nice as pieMore example sentences
- She would act all sweet as pie until the director shouted, ‘Action!’
- "When I'm off the pitch, I will be as nice as pie. I'll sign autographs, I'll smile, but as soon as I cross the white line, I am there to win the game."
- She could be as nice as pie in a few days, that's been the pattern recently.
a piece (or slice) of the pie
- A share of an amount of money or business available to be claimed or distributed: orchestras have seen cultural rivals get a bigger piece of the pieMore example sentences
- But licensing money is a slice of the pie by which all major leaguers are created essentially equal, with their payments based solely on service time, not on star power.
- If we sell the house and in 10 years' time somebody gets permission, we might as well get a slice of the pie.
- With the EU expanding the real concern is that existing farmers will see their supports further eroded as new member states get a slice of the pie.
pie in the sky
- • informal Used to describe or refer to something that is pleasant to contemplate but is very unlikely to be realized: don’t throw away a decent offer in pursuit of pie in the skyMore example sentences
- It's probably pie in the sky to say we could unionize them, but that's what I'd like to see.
- And obtaining permission to hold a demonstration, well that's just pie in the sky.
- I had to convince them that my plans to renovate it weren't just pie in the sky and persuade them that I'd actually finish it.
Middle English: probably the same word as pie2, the various combinations of ingredients being compared to objects randomly collected by a magpie.
- Used in names of birds that resemble the magpie, especially in having black-and-white plumage, e.g. tree pie.More example sentences
- The present investigation was carried out on oviductal activity during the annual ovarian cycle of the Indian tree pie.
- Ornithologists will know that the strangely-named Indian Tree Pie takes its name from a colourful Indian member of the crow family (Dendrocitta vagabunda).
- The Indian Tree Pie is a long-tailed chestnut-brown bird, with sooty head and neck.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pica 'magpie' (related to picus 'green woodpecker').
- A former monetary unit of India and Pakistan, equal to one twelfth of an anna.More example sentences
- Copper coins were the Pice (of 3 Pies) and the Pie.
- Towards the nineteenth century, the pie was the smallest minted coin in India.
from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pada, padī 'quarter'.