Definition of apple pie in English:

apple pie

noun

  • 1A pie made with apples.

    • ‘Plus, on the counter sat two apple pies for dessert.’
    • ‘On this occasion, the choices included braised steak, haddock, beef hot pot and vegetable hot pot, while the puddings on offer included apple pie and custard, prunes and ice cream.’
    • ‘For dessert there was a display containing everything from apple pies to Danish pastries.’
    • ‘With the offer of dessert, Madame went for the apple pie and ice cream, which arrived in a huge bowl - and was ceremoniously eaten to the last morsel.’
    • ‘Desserts included ice cream, cheesecake, apple pie, pavlova and a cheese board, but we'd had enough at that stage and ordered tea and coffee instead.’
    • ‘In fact, I'm going to reward myself now, by having done 165 extra words today by eating a whole apple pie or big sticky toffee pudding.’
    • ‘They come in for a jug of cider and also buy apples, apple pies, jellies, and vegetables.’
    • ‘The use of the term ‘florentine’ for the big, round dish in which special apple pies were baked survived in the Yorkshire Dales until well into the 20th century.’
    • ‘She didn't offer me a value combo or suggest I have an apple pie with my meal.’
    • ‘Imagine being given a bowl of stew made from a two-week old turkey carcass, half a can of mushroom soup, droopy vegetables scraped from the back of the fridge and half a leftover apple pie.’
    • ‘For dessert the apple pie a la mode with ice-cream proved a firm favourite with my companion after fending off tough competition from the fresh fruit pavlova.’
    • ‘We ordered two caramel apple pies, one with custard, which Anthony declared the high spot of the meal.’
    • ‘It was an interesting novelty, but tasted more like an apple pie than a ballpark pretzel.’
    • ‘Monsieur, I would like a big apple pie, chocolate milk, and some ice cream on the side.’
    • ‘Remember the smell of stewed apple when Mum was making an apple pie?’
    • ‘I've never baked an apple pie, but I'm willing to give it a go.’
    • ‘Then it'd be time for desert - maybe a slice of cheesecake, or fresh apple pie smothered in chocolate ice cream.’
    • ‘I was going to prepare just a simple Lamb Roast Dinner with an apple pie for afters.’
    • ‘This is really fine food, and the roast beef in particular was excellent on this day, along with some of the best apple pie and custard you are ever likely to taste.’
    • ‘For dessert I made custard and served it with an apple pie from the larder.’
    1. 1.1North American [mass noun] Used to represent a cherished ideal of homeliness:
      ‘to say I'm fed up with the Olympics is like being against motherhood and apple pie’
      • ‘Like the other women on the squad, I was taught that cheerleading is wholesome and All-American - just like mom, baseball and apple pie.’
      • ‘I want things to feel like warm apple pie and corn dogs on the 4th of July.’
      • ‘They have been convinced, it seems since the beginning of time, that the only real threat to America and apple pie is the fearsome rogue state.’
      • ‘Like motherhood and apple pie, policing is something a city can't help but get behind - philosophically and financially.’
      • ‘This statement, with its aspects of ‘motherhood and apple pie,’ is one I fully agree with.’
      • ‘America used to be known as the home of apple pie and Mom.’
      • ‘Like motherhood, apple pie, little league and homecoming, it represents all that is steady, regular, wholesome and decent in America.’
      • ‘The flag and Sousa and apple pie and love of country are not the exclusive property of the Republican Party; they belong to all Americans.’
      • ‘For a society that saw baseball as being as intrinsically American as motherhood and apple pie, the impact of this blow could not be over-estimated.’
      • ‘Their way is not about the motherhood and apple pie of renewable energy.’
      • ‘I like hearing the candidates from both parties go out on a limb and proclaim their support for America, apple pie and motherhood.’
      • ‘The Americans can say they're doing things in the name of freedom, liberty and apple pie.’
      • ‘To me it's the '88 Oakland A's that rank up there with apple pie and the flag.’
      • ‘None of these are clearly defined ideas, and while many of them, like motherhood and apple pie, command fairly universal approbation, it is unclear what point they serve in bioethics research.’
      • ‘The current political enthusiasm for investment in early years often sounds like apple pie, a sort of comfort food for hungry Labour party activists.’
      • ‘This may sound like motherhood and apple pie to the cynic.’
      • ‘For most people, medical research is as self evidently a good thing as motherhood and apple pie.’
      • ‘Well, that is all motherhood and apple pie, but what does it actually mean, and what are the new legal rights that will be created because of what is in this legislation?’
      • ‘For some politicians, it's as easy as a vote for motherhood and apple pie.’

Phrases

  • apple-pie bed

    • A bed which, as a practical joke, has been made with one of the sheets folded back on itself so that a person's legs cannot be stretched out.

      • ‘Fat Charlie's father, of course, had elevated this to an art form, and he rejoiced in it, just as he rejoiced in practical jokes, from the simple - Fat Charlie would never forget the first time he had climbed into an apple-pie bed - to the unimaginably complex.’
      • ‘It was a sportive era, and the Prince took delight in ‘spirited battles with soda syphons, apple-pie beds, leaking hot-water bottles,’ and ‘an inkpot over a door which emptied its contents on [the Duke of Marlborough's] head.’’
      • ‘An apple-pie bed is nothing; pinches, kicks, boxed ears, twisted arms, pulled hair, ghosts at night, inky books, befouled photographs, amount to very little by themselves.’
      • ‘Afterwards, the Middles go to bed but play tricks, such as apple-pie beds, on the Seniors.’
      • ‘And, while making apple-pie beds doubtless never occurred to anyone, here, at least, was a place with a strong sense of community.’
      • ‘A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.’
      • ‘He had chosen (or somebody else had chosen) that corpulent old simpleton as a person peculiarly fitted to fall down trapdoors, to shoot over butter slides, to struggle with apple-pie beds, to be tipped out of carts and dipped into horse-ponds.’
      • ‘There is a bonus explanation here, as this also accounts for apple-pie bed, an old practical joke in which the bed linen was folded short.’
      • ‘The couple who have through the course of the main action been experimenting with alternative, less conventional pleasures are finally (due to the demands of the forms of comedy) robbed of the perverse riotous possibilities suggested by the apple-pie bed and are instead subdued to the orderly pleasures of the marriage bed.’
      • ‘The highlight appeared to have been visiting their father on the ship he commanded during the First World War, where the officers made pets of his two young daughters. ‘We made them all apple-pie beds,’ Granny's mother reported.’
  • as american as apple pie

    • Typically American in character:

      ‘they have made violence as American as apple pie’
      • ‘To most of us, the idea of students toiling over homework at the kitchen table seems as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘It is as American as apple pie and we will take our slice of the body politic, thank you.’
      • ‘Dude ranches have since become a fixture in the U.S., as American as apple pie and baseball.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, and I'm sad to say, this story has become as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘But if there's one thing that sociolinguists know better than most, it's that dialect prejudice is as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘If violence, as the saying goes, is as American as apple pie, it's also been as common in American movie theaters as popcorn.’
      • ‘Ironically, financially, and in terms of their behavior, they're often as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Informed dissent is what makes a democracy function and is as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘French fries are at least as American as apple pie.’
      • ‘Blue jeans will no longer be as American as apple pie.’

Pronunciation:

apple pie

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