no matter how you slice the pie

no matter how you slice the pie

Regardless of how a situation is analyzed, viewed, or portrayed, the truth of it remains unchanged. No matter how you slice the pie, the drastically lower sales numbers this year are bad news for the company's prospects for growth.
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slice the pie, to

To share the profits. This metaphor has largely replaced the early-twentieth-century slice of the melon, but exists side by side with the more literal piece of the action. It comes from nineteenth-century America. T. N. Page used a version in Red Rock (1898): “Does he want to keep all the pie for himself?” And the Boston Sunday Herald (1967): “An appellate court victory . . . cut Weymouth’s total property valuation . . . to give the town a bigger slice of the sales tax pie.” A related term, no matter how you slice it, is a twentieth-century Americanism meaning “no matter how you look at it.” Carl Sandburg used it in The People, Yes (1936): “No matter how thick or how thin you slice it it’s still baloney.”
See also: slice, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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