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1British A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and sweet:[as modifier] ‘a chocolate biscuit’
- ‘Tins of biscuits, Christmas cakes, and boxes of sweets are also requested.’
- ‘Not only that, it's an opportunity to find decorations, tins of biscuits, liqueur chocolates etc, and all the other bits and pieces that you cannot find anywhere else.’
- ‘The boiling and frying technique remained in use in the Middle Ages for making cracknels, which were small, crisp, sweet biscuits.’
- ‘It will ban sweets, chocolate, cakes and sweet biscuits from the diets of children under 4.’
- ‘The packaging is a little odd, but once you get in there the biscuits are crisp and delicate and the chocolate is good.’
- ‘Following the event the school students retired to the community centre where they feasted on sweets, chocolates and biscuits.’
- ‘The Salvation Army says it would welcome any food that would keep, such as chocolates, sweets, biscuits, mince pies and selection boxes.’
- ‘Instead of high-fat foods like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and crisps, try healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit, crusty bread or crackers.’
- ‘My grandmother taught us to bake delicious cakes and biscuits.’
- ‘Just over half of men and women eat chocolates, crisps or biscuits daily, though the figure is much higher for children.’
- ‘Home-made jams, biscuits, cakes, sweets and marmalades are ideal presents for those with a sweet tooth.’
- 1.1North American A small, soft round cake like a scone.
- ‘I inquired as I slathered cream onto my biscuit.’
- ‘Mounds of unfinished mashed potatoes smeared around one with gravy and butter, half eaten biscuit adrift in a sea of peach cobbler.’
- ‘Self-rising flour and cake and biscuit mixes have decreased the demand for baking soda as an important baking ingredient.’
- ‘Pillsbury in turn, will offer 55 cents off two cans of Hormel Chili and 40 cents off four biscuit packs.’
- ‘We all had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuit, and coffee.’
- ‘For dessert I was immediately drawn to the nectarines, which were slow-roasted with vanilla, served with creme fraiche and a puff pastry biscuit.’
- ‘Still, a tradition is a tradition, so I'll be picking up a three-piece w / biscuit from the Turnpike rest stop Roy Rogers on my way home.’
- ‘The plate never feels right to me without a broad, sturdy biscuit to smear with grape jelly, a secret vice of mine dating from childhood.’
- ‘Spoon 1 teaspoon of jam over ham; cover with top of biscuit.’
- ‘We had an idea for a sandwich called the Stack, a pepper-jack breakfast biscuit that was one of our favorite boardroom meals.’
- ‘I got sick after a biscuit, a strip of bacon, and an egg.’
- ‘Jon sounded very business-like and Chantal watched him as he purchased some sort of steaming biscuit, refusing his offer to buy her one as well.’
- ‘The more popular American version of the dumpling is a type of biscuit, which consists of heavy dough dropped into simmering savory stews and casseroles.’
- ‘I reach across the table and fork off a chunk of gravy-smothered biscuit.’
- ‘Arriving there, I did what I usually did on a normal day: got a quick biscuit for breakfast and headed to my first class, namely English.’
- ‘For herself there was one biscuit with a little jam.’
- ‘Carissa bit into another jam-smeared buttermilk biscuit.’
- ‘The cheese may have migrated from the centre of Marie's biscuit, but Rampling is in full control of her faculties here.’
2[mass noun] Porcelain or other pottery which has been fired but not glazed:[as modifier] ‘biscuit ware’
- ‘At first his slip painting on biscuit porcelain simply peeled off.’
- ‘But, being God, he used granite instead of biscuit.’
- ‘The Sevres biscuit figures in Plate VIII, which bear the incised mark of Bachelier, show how such studies were ultimately translated into objects.’
- ‘She says that at present, students are able to learn, experiment and practice with the preparation of clay and hand-making techniques for biscuit and glaze firing.’
- ‘This biscuit porcelain example, with its marbled black surround bearing its identifying label, came from the collection of a German princely family.’
3[mass noun] A light brown colour.
hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brownView synonyms
- ‘Her racks hang with pretty jewelled objects in smoky lilac, pink topaz and biscuit, contrasted with intense hues of sunshine, azure, coral and violet.’
- ‘If you don't want to go beyond white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster, almond or biscuit.’
- ‘Available in sizes S - 4X in black, midnight navy, smoke and biscuit.’
- ‘Moss, chocolate, mink, charcoal, biscuit and olive dominated the white expanse of winter for Grachvogel, as jazz drifted from a grand piano on the catwalk.’
- ‘Made from vitreous china in biscuit, white, and black, the rectangular sink measures 21 by 13 inches.’
- ‘Colourings such as taupe, pavlova, biscuit and caraway are offset by elegant shades of caffeine, pewter, ash and, of course, coffee, charcoals and black.’
4A small flat piece of wood used to join two larger pieces of wood together, fitting into slots in each.
- ‘Biscuits turn what would ordinarily be a weak butt joint into a very strong connection.’
- ‘Using thin wood wafers called biscuits can strengthen wood joints by providing more glue bonding area.’
- ‘Many carpenters have started using biscuits in the miter joints between trim pieces to lock the joint together and prevent future separation.’
- ‘The biscuits were the proper size and fit the slots snug, but still, the joints would vary, apparently at random.’
- ‘The table, made of maple and walnut, features curved legs, intricate dovetailed joints made by hand and dowels and biscuits to connect the various pieces.’
take the biscuit
informal Be the most remarkable or foolish of its kind.
- ‘I know I've said we've had a whirlwind week before, but this one took the cake!’
- ‘As a union representative who once handled grievance matters, I thought I had seen everything there was to see but the mistreatment accorded Johnson takes the cake.’
- ‘But, for those of us who actually like real information, I think the neocon intellectuals' acceptance of this totally bizarre, off-the-wall theory takes the cake.’
- ‘Everybody has a different horrifying story, but mine takes the cake.’
- ‘Jan, you and I have covered quite a few very quiet August Fridays on Wall Street, but this one really takes the cake.’
- ‘My friends Deidre and Matt, who have been traveling in India for the past three months, have been sending some enchanting emails describing their experiences, but the one I found in my inbox this morning takes the cake.’
- ‘I've seen some interesting mint containers lately, but the one I spotted at Trader Joe's today takes the cake.’
- ‘But the cruel pranksters who stole an endangered bird from the Scarborough Sea Life centre really took the biscuit.’
- ‘I thought I'd heard it all, but this takes the cake.’
- ‘The very skimpy Limerick programme was poor value for 1 but the Croke Park programme took the biscuit; the paying customer was charged what I consider an over-the-top price of 2.50.’
Middle English: from Old French bescuit, based on Latin bis twice + coctus, past participle of coquere to cook (so named because originally biscuits were cooked in a twofold process: first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep).
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