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you can't have your cake and eat it (too)

Definition of you can't have your cake and eat it too in English:

proverb You can’t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives: the king wanted to have his cake and eat it—to marry Mrs Simpson and to remain on the throne
More example sentences
  • The theory must sound good to corporate execs, but even in business you can't have your cake and eat it.
  • I think you have just found out that you can't have your cake and eat it too!
  • Apparently they're right you can't have your cake and eat it too.
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