Definition of pie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//paɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪ//
    [countable, uncountable] Savoury dishes
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  1. 1fruit baked in a dish with pastry on the bottom, sides and top a slice of apple pie Help yourself to some more pie. a pie dish see also custard pie
  2. 2(especially British English) meat, vegetables, etc. baked in a dish with pastry on the bottom, sides and top a steak and kidney pie What’s the filling in these pies? see also mince pie, pork pie, shepherd’s pie See related entries: Savoury dishes
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: probably the same word as pie, used in the naming of birds; the various combinations of ingredients being compared to objects randomly collected by a magpie.Idioms
    as American as apple pie
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    used to say that something is typical of America
    as easy as anything/as pie/as ABC/as falling off a log
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    (informal) very easy or very easily Fooling him was as easy as falling off a log.
    (informal) very kind and friendly, especially when you are not expecting it
    eat humble pie (North American English also eat crow)
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    to say and show that you are sorry for a mistake that you made From a pun on the old word umbles, meaning ‘offal’, which was considered to be food for poor people.
    have a finger in every pie
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    (informal) to be involved in a lot of different activities and have influence over them, especially when other people think that this is annoying
    a piece/slice/share of the pie
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    a share of something such as money, profits, etc.
    (informal) an event that somebody talks about that seems very unlikely to happen This talk of moving to Australia is all just pie in the sky.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pie