that takes the cake

that takes the cake

That is the very worst in a series of negative actions or events. Primarily heard in US. When I found out he had been reading through my text messages, well, that took the cake! I dumped him right then and there. You're charged me for the drink you spilled on me? That really takes the cake!
See also: cake, take, that
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If you're in the market for some luxury property, this's the one that takes the cake.
Still, June 2018 was a busy month, racking up six of the top 10 consolidated passenger days of all time, the remaining four days all happened in summer 2017 proving yet again that it's summer, not the Thanksgiving and winter holidays, that takes the cake for busiest days of the year.'
The one that takes the cake is "Honey Boo Boo.'' Who in their right mind could sit and watch a ridiculous show consisting of a bunch of obese, sloppy people?
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THAT TAKES THE CAKE! WE HAD AN EMPLOYEE FAKE AN ACCIDENT ONCE--HE BROKE HIS FOOT ONE MORNING--HE CAME TO WORK THAT SAME MORNING--DROPPED A FIVE GALLON CAN OF COOKING OIL ON IT AND FILED FOR WORKER'S COMPENSATION--