Definition of cakes and ale in English:

cakes and ale


  • Lively enjoyment.

    ‘the gardener's life, as a rule, is not all ‘cakes and ale’’
    • ‘Britain once had its days of cakes and ale, and a week which began with a day off.’
    • ‘And once the world is made virtuous, will there be no more cakes and ale?’
    • ‘This is the worst kind of destructive attitude - denying other people cakes and ale because you've never enjoyed them yourself.’
    • ‘Traditionally celebrated after the main crop had been harvested, Harvest Home was, according to one historian, an annual event characterized by cakes and ale and hang the cost.’
    • ‘The successful physician starves the first ten years, lives on bread and butter the second, and may have cakes and ale the third decade.’