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



    BrE BrE//slaɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪs//
    Tennis, Golf
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  1. 1  a thin flat piece of food that has been cut off a larger piece a slice of bread Cut the meat into thin slices. a gin and tonic with a slice of lemon
  2. 2(informal) a part or share of something Our firm is well placed to grab a large slice of the market. The rent for my room was a large slice out of my budget. With this win, they can claim a slice of history. Every organization in the land has tried to claim a slice of the cash from the National Lottery.
  3. 3a kitchen utensil (= tool) that you use to lift and serve pieces of food a fish slice a cake slice
  4. 4(sport) (in golf, tennis, etc.) a stroke that makes the ball spin to one side rather than going straight ahead See related entries: Tennis, Golf
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘fragment, splinter’): shortening of Old French esclice ‘splinter’, from the verb esclicier, of Germanic origin; related to German schleissen ‘to slice’, also to slit.Extra examples He cut the meat into thick slices. He needed a large slice of luck to win the game. Many investors are hoping to grab a slice of the action. She cut a thin slice of lemon. The agency takes a large slice of the profits. The company has managed to carve out a slice of the market for itself. The sausage is also sold pre-packed in slices. They spend a fair slice of the budget on research and development. This drama provides a slice of life in 1950s Connecticut. a slice of bread/​cake/​pizza/​toast a slice of toast Another slice of cake, anyone?Idioms
    a piece/slice of the action
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    (informal) a share or role in an interesting or exciting activity, especially in order to make money Foreign firms will all want a piece of the action if the new airport goes ahead.
    a piece/slice/share of the pie
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    a share of something such as money, profits, etc.
    a slice/share of the cake (British English) (North American English a piece/slice/share of the pie)
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    a share of the available money or benefits that you believe you have a right to Scotland is demanding a larger slice of the national cake.
    a film/movie, play or book that gives a very realistic view of ordinary life
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