motherhood and apple pie

motherhood and apple pie

A core principle, value, belief, characteristic, aspect, etc., of the United States of America or its citizens. Sometimes used sarcastically or ironically. If you've ever wondered what it means to be an American, just look at Bob Fisk down the street—he's about as motherhood and apple pie as it gets. It doesn't surprise me at all that their tax overhaul would turn out this ridiculous—after all, convoluted taxes are as American as motherhood and apple pie.
See also: and, apple, motherhood, pie

motherhood and apple pie

Fig. an often parodied sentiment expressed about allegedly quintessential elements of American home life. Fred is so old-fashioned. Everything about old times is good to him. He's all motherhood and apple pie.
See also: and, apple, motherhood, pie
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PROMISES of 'motherhood and apple pie' from Dave Anderson, plus a kicking for the Tories.
Essay titles include "Was Boyd Truly Born Again?" "The Crimes of Old King Coal," "Motherhood and Apple Pie," and "Raylan Learns to Restrain Himself." A last chapter discusses recent real-life homicide cases, and poses the question of what we, as a society, consider justifiable homicide.
Justin Welby accused Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) boss Stephen Hester of resorting to "motherhood and apple pie" responses as he grilled him on the financial giant's "duty to society".
Bishop of Durham Justin Welby accused Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) boss Stephen Hester of resorting to "motherhood and apple pie" responses as he grilled him on the financial giant's "duty to society".
Advocating support for the private sector is like extolling the virtues of motherhood and apple pie. Why wouldn't you?
Vision 2019 reads like a motherhood and apple pie wish list for the future.
It attracted widespread public support, in a motherhood and apple pie sort of way, since no one dared to suggest that the logistics of actually delivering might prove costly and difficult.
[They] are as American as motherhood and apple pie. My faith believes in family, believes in Jesus Christ.
The cabinet member for health dismissed one of three recommendations as "meaningless" and said the other two were vague and smacked of "motherhood and apple pie".
"I know that some will say that I am proposing to tax motherhood and apple pie, but it is not parents and children who benefit from zero rating at the moment, but retailers."
"It's like motherhood and apple pie. I can't imagine a leader in this day and age saying, 'Our promotions are based on something other than merit.'"
"It's a motherhood and apple pie project that will bring joy to everyone in the city.
The final questions could best be characterized as being similar to "motherhood and apple pie." We did this intentionally in order to have questions with high expectation scores.
If both motherhood and apple pie are a thing of the past since you became an empty-nester, loosen up now and then and take Marie Antoinette's advice.