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the best thing since sliced bread

A humorous and hyperbolic statement indicating one's belief that something is excellent, especially something new and innovative. These waterproof jeans are the best thing since sliced bread. I don't have to worry about getting soaked!
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the best thing since sliced bread

If someone thinks that something is the best thing since sliced bread, they think it is very good. When your programme first started I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Note: You can also say that something is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The new mill was the greatest thing since sliced bread and nobody was thinking about environmental issues. Note: These expressions are often used to show that you think that the person's opinion is wrong or foolish.
See also: bread, since, slice, thing

the best (or greatest) thing since sliced bread

a notable new idea, person, or thing (used to express real or ironic appreciation). informal
This phrase alludes to the mid 20th-century advertising promotions for packed, pre-sliced loaves.
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the best thing since sliced ˈbread

(informal, spoken) if you say that something is the best thing since sliced bread, you think it is extremely good, interesting, etc: My father doesn’t like him very much, but my mother thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread!
See also: bread, since, slice, thing

sliced bread

The last best thing. An American inventor named Otto Rohwedder devised a machine that sliced a loaf of bread into individual slices. First sold in 1928, it was touted as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped,” which led to popular phrase “the best thing since sliced bread.” All of which raises the question, what did people say before “sliced bread”? “The best thing since indoor plumbing” was one phrase. And before that?—“since powdered wigs?” “Since moveable type?” “Since fire?”
See also: bread, slice
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