the best thing since sliced pan

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
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After we'd won Munster we were the best thing since sliced pan. It's a tough balance but we know we're a good team when we play well and work hard, as are any other county.
"If you reckon Jedward are the best thing since sliced pan and Gary Lightbody is indeed a tired pony, then get the Jedward issue.
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