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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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But he took the biscuit when he called Saints sub Liam Craig a "very offensive player" - as opposed to a midfielder who likes to attack.
Fry said: ``I should imagine I have had the worst month personally in my life -- and that took the biscuit.
They have been gradually getting worse and worse every year, but this year's took the biscuit.
What really took the biscuit for the ex-minister however was nine task and finish groups - with a brief to "scope" the implementation.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON took the biscuit yesterday when quizzed about his new role as Scotland's football czar.
Her dogs, German shepherd cross Butch and Staffordshire cross Rocky, weren't amused at the dinner delay as mother-of-two Mary took the biscuit bag back to the supermarket.
KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG'S penalty in the FA Cup Final was bad but Yann Kermorgant's for Leicester in midweek really took the biscuit.
ALEX Salmond really took the biscuit in the search for votes yesterday.
LEISURE pursuits in the 1950s really took the biscuit, as far as this group of Liverpool employees was concerned