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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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Now we all the know the story of how Paul Gascoigne gatecrashed the party in Italia 90 to become one of England's greatest ever players but this is taking the biscuit.
They have taken to Ranelagh but this is taking the biscuit.
Bianca has always been one to please herself, but surely the redheaded firebrand's tawdry affair with mum Carol's latest boyfriend Dan is really taking the biscuit.
Mr Mark, of Coleford, Glos - who denied taking the biscuits - was four times the legal drink drive limit at the time of his death in March.
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