have a/(one's) finger in the pie(redirected from they were having a finger in the pie)
have a finger in the pie
To be involved in a particular situation, especially when said involvement is seen as meddling. Mom is now calling me every hour, and I'm sure you had a finger in the pie—what exactly did you tell her?
have a/(one's) finger in the pie
To be involved in a situation, often in a meddlesome way. Mom is now calling me every hour, and I'm sure you had a finger in the pie—what exactly did you tell her?
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have a finger in the pieand have one's finger in the pie
Fig. to have a role in something; to be involved in something. (See also have one's finger in too many pies) Tess wants to have a finger in the pie. She doesn't think we can do it by ourselves. Sally always wants to have a finger in the pie.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
have a finger in the piebe involved in a matter, especially in an annoyingly interfering way.
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finger in every pie, to have a
To be involved in numerous activities, usually in the sense of meddling. This metaphor from finger-licking in the kitchen dates from the sixteenth century. Shakespeare used it in HenryVIII (1.1), where the Duke of Buckingham complains of Cardinal Wolsey, “No man’s pie is freed from his ambitious finger.”
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