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take the biscuit

To be the most disappointing, annoying, shocking, outrageous, or egregious thing to have happened or been done. (Usually said hyperbolically.) But when I found out that he had been reading through my text messages, well, that took the biscuit! The government is using the taxes from the working class to bail out the banks that ruined the economy? That really takes the biscuit!
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take the biscuit

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone or something takes the biscuit, they represent the most extreme example of something stupid or bad. For dirty tricks I can assure you it is the medical practice that really take the biscuit. I've heard some odd things in my time but that took the biscuit. This ban takes the biscuit. The whole idea is ridiculous and bureaucratic and not fair on the children. Note: This expression has a similar origin to `take the cake', which refers to the practice in the past of awarding cakes as prizes in competitions. Compare with take the cake.
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take the biscuit (or bun or cake)

be the most remarkable. informal
1925 P. G. Wodehouse Letter Of all the poisonous, foul, ghastly places, Cannes takes the biscuit with absurd ease.
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take the ˈbiscuit

(British English) (also take the ˈcake American English, British English ) (informal) be especially surprising, annoying, etc: Well, that really takes the biscuit! She asks if she can borrow the car, then keeps it for a month!
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Labour MP Tom Greatrex hit out: "To see a skiing Chancellor agree to cut tax on ski lifts in his deputy's constituency just takes the biscuit.
I NEVER thought I'd have to write this one but Jon Bon Jovi takes the biscuit when it comes to diva demands.
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Cardiff TERENCE O'Neill takes the biscuit in his recent public attacks on the organisers of the save Eastern Leisure Centre campaign.
This little gem takes the biscuit, though, kind of Pierrot clown meets painted swimming hat.
Our record against struggling clubs this season is a disgrace, but this performance against a relegated side, in a home game when we needed goals to improve our goals difference, takes the biscuit.
I HAVE known a few Dave Ismay jokes not go down very well but the one that apparently persuaded Villa's midfielder George Boateng to ask for a transfer takes the biscuit.
But the latest involving the highly-respected chairman of the Labour Party, Michael Bell TD, really takes the biscuit.
Mickey Mouse really takes the biscuit when it comes to helping Scotland's export drive.
MARTIN McGuinness takes the biscuit yesterday - as he continues his campaign to become Irish President.
But Minister Noel Dempsey splashing out EUR6,000 taking a helicopter trip around Ireland takes the biscuit.
AS wedding cakes go, this one really takes the biscuit.
Big businesses are always fond of patting themselves on the back, but this environmental award really takes the biscuit.
LOTS of adverts feature implausible scientific boasts, but the latest campaign from Just For Men hair dye (I just happened to glance at it, you understand) takes the biscuit.
Here we go again, the brains have come up with another idea for wasting public money - a Red Wall of all things (artist's impression pictured) and the description of this monstrosity as Cost Works really takes the biscuit.