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the best thing since sliced pan

Extremely good, wonderful, impressive, or revolutionary, often said facetiously or sarcastically. Taken from the more common expression "the best thing since sliced bread." In this usage, a pan, in which a loaf of bread is baked, refers to the loaf of bread itself. Primarily heard in Ireland. I don't care what you say, I think she's the best thing since sliced pan! This new smartphone design really is the best thing since sliced pan.
See also: pan, since, slice, thing

no matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney

It does not matter how finely you try to articulate or argue this point, it is still false, nonsense, or foolishness. Jim: "But you see, redistributing the wealth of the country by introducing scaled tax increases will benefit everyone!" Susan: "Jim, no matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney: tax hikes will hurt everyone, period."
See also: baloney, how, matter, slice, still, thin

whichever way you slice it

No matter how you consider it. Often emphasizes the speaker's opinion. Whichever way you slice it, Mr. Smith is guilty. I forgot my textbook in my locker last night so, whichever way you slice, I'm going to fail this test!
See also: slice, way

piece of the action

A part of the profits or success from an activity. Once Sarah heard that Mel was starting a new software company, she decided she wanted a piece of the action and asked to be his business partner.
See also: action, of, piece

slice of the action

A part of the profits or success from an activity. Once Sarah heard that Mel was starting a new software company, she decided she wanted a slice of the action and asked to be his business partner.
See also: action, of, slice

slice of life

A realistic portrayal of life in a film, play, or other artistic medium. I heard that play is a slice of life about a youth struggling with depression.
See also: life, of, slice

slice of the cake

A portion of the money or profits that are being shared by everyone involved in generating them. The employees applauded when the boss announced that everyone was getting a slice of the cake in the form of a holiday bonus.
See also: cake, of, slice

slice of the pie

A portion of the money or profits that are being shared by everyone involved in generating them. Primarily heard in US. The employees applauded when the boss announced everyone was getting a slice of the pie in the form of a holiday bonus.
See also: of, pie, slice

any way you slice it

No matter how you consider it. Often emphasizes the speaker's opinion. Any way you slice it, Mr. Smith is guilty. I forgot my textbook in my locker last night so, any way you slice it, I'm going to fail this test!
See also: any, slice, way

no matter how you slice it

Regardless of how a situation is analyzed, viewed, or portrayed, the truth of it remains unchanged. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No matter how you slice it, the drastically lower sales numbers this year are bad news for the company's prospects for growth.
See also: how, matter, slice

the best thing since sliced bread

A humorous and hyperbolic statement indicating one's belief that something is excellent, especially something new and innovative. These waterproof jeans are the best thing since sliced bread. I don't have to worry about getting soaked!
See also: bread, since, slice, thing

greatest thing since indoor plumbing

 and the greatest thing since sliced bread
Rur. the most wonderful invention or useful item in a long time. As far as I'm concerned, this new food processor is the greatest thing since indoor plumbing. Joe thinks Sally is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You can tell just by the way he looks at her.
See also: great, plumbing, since, thing

It's been a slice!

Sl. It's been good. Good-bye and thank you. It's been a slice! It's been a slice. I hope to see you again some day.
See also: been

no matter how you slice it

Fig. no matter what your perspective is; no matter how you try to portray something. No matter how you slice it, the results of the meeting present all sorts of problems for the office staff.
See also: how, matter, slice

piece (of the action)

 and bit of the action; slice of the action
Sl. a share in the activity or the profits. (Especially of a business scheme or gambling activity.) If you get in on that real estate deal, I want a piece, too. Deal Tom in. He wants a piece of the action.

slice in(to something)

to cut into something, usually with a knife or something similar. Betty sliced into the cake and discovered it was chocolate all the way through. It wasn't until she sliced in that she found out what kind of cake it was.
See also: slice

slice of the cake

a share of something. There's not much work around and so everyone must be content with a slice of the cake. The company makes huge profits and the workers want a slice of the cake.
See also: cake, of, slice

slice someone or something up

to cut someone or something up into slices. The blades of the lawn mower can slice you up if you get too close. The sharp blades sliced up Bobby's rubber ball.
See also: slice, up

slice something off

to cut something off with slicing motions. Sue sliced the dead branches off with a tree saw. Karen sliced off a nice piece of turkey.
See also: off, slice

slice through something

to cut through something with slicing motions. The chef sliced through the ham as if it were butter. The knife was too dull to slice through the tomato.
See also: slice, through

greatest thing since sliced bread

Also, best thing since sliced bread. An excellent new invention, as in Harry swears that this new program is the greatest thing since sliced bread. This phrase, used either straightforwardly or sarcastically, alludes to the convenience of buying bread that is already sliced. [Mid-1900s]
See also: bread, great, since, slice, thing

no matter how you slice it

Regardless of how one views something, as in No matter how you slice it, he's still guilty of perjury. This expression uses slice in the sense of "cut apart." [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: how, matter, slice

piece of the action

A share in an activity or in the profits, as in They wanted a piece of the action in this land deal. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: action, of, piece

slice

In addition to the subsequent idiom beginning with slice, also see greatest thing since sliced bread; no matter how you slice it.

slice of the pie

Also, slice of the cake. A share of the proceeds or benefits, as in It's reasonable for a heavy contributor to ask for a big slice of the pie. This metaphor for a division of the spoils dates from the late 1800s. Also see the synonym piece of the action.
See also: of, pie, slice

a piece of the action

INFORMAL or

a slice of the action

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If someone wants a piece of the action or a slice of the action, they want to get involved in an activity which seems likely to be very successful or profitable. More than 27.3 million shares in mobile phone companies changed hands as dealers scrambled to get a piece of the action. Within five years, every car manufacturer was at it. The hatchback explosion had begun and everyone wanted a piece of the action. As the British rap scene grows in strength, the Americans are becoming keener to grab a slice of the action.
See also: action, of, piece

the best thing since sliced bread

If someone thinks that something is the best thing since sliced bread, they think it is very good. When your programme first started I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Note: You can also say that something is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The new mill was the greatest thing since sliced bread and nobody was thinking about environmental issues. Note: These expressions are often used to show that you think that the person's opinion is wrong or foolish.
See also: bread, since, slice, thing

slice off

v.
To cut something from a larger piece: I picked up the knife and sliced off a piece of cheese. The chef held the pineapple down and sliced the top off.
See also: off, slice

slice through

v.
1. To cut through something: The chef sliced through the tomato with a sharp knife.
2. To move like a knife through something: The canoe sliced through the water.
See also: slice, through

slice up

v.
To cut or divide something into slices: We sliced up the loaf of bread and made sandwiches. The developer sliced the estate up into three-acre lots.
See also: slice, up

frog slicing

n. biology class; a biology course. (A dysphemism.) Dave dreaded going to frog slicing. The smell got to him.
See also: frog, slice

It’s been a slice!

sent. It’s been good. Good-bye and thank you. It’s been a slice!
See also: been

piece

1. n. a sexually attractive (young) woman. (Crude.) Who’s that piece I saw you with last night?
2. n. a gun, especially a revolver. (Underworld.) Okay, this gun is aimed at your head. Drop your piece.
3. n. a tiny ponytail worn by males. Even the little boys—six and seven years old—want to wear a piece. Tony pointed out that lots of pirates wore pieces.
4. n. a piece of shit; POS; something worthless. This car is a piece. Couldn’t you gank something better?

piece (of the action)

and bit of the action and slice of the action
n. a share in the activity or the profits. (Especially gambling activity.) Don’t be selfish. Give me a slice of the action. I helped! I want a bit of the action.
See also: action, of, piece

slice of the action

verb
See also: action, of, slice

piece

verb

piece of the action

Slang
A share of an activity or of profits: "a piece of the action in a Florida land deal" (Shana Alexander).
See also: action, of, piece

sliced bread

The last best thing. An American inventor named Otto Rohwedder devised a machine that sliced a loaf of bread into individual slices. First sold in 1928, it was touted as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped,” which led to popular phrase “the best thing since sliced bread.” All of which raises the question, what did people say before “sliced bread”? “The best thing since indoor plumbing” was one phrase. And before that?—“since powdered wigs?” “Since moveable type?” “Since fire?”
See also: bread, slice
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