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slice the pie

To divide something into portions to be shared between multiple people. Now that so many companies are competing with the ride-share app, they're having to slice the pie really thin between them. I hate having to slice the pie of our software profits with Spikerosoft, but there's no other way of getting onto their devices.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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