Definition of custard pie in English:

custard pie


  • 1An open pie containing cold set custard.

    • ‘Whenever approaching a pumpkin pie, keep in the back of your mind that you are, in essence, making a custard pie.’
    • ‘The use of custard-filled ‘pies’ or tarts was memorably extended in the 1920s, when the throwing of custard pies into the faces of characters in silent films became a standard Hollywood procedure.’
    • ‘I settled into one of the leather banquettes for a leisurely tea service, including scones and a slice of custard pie served by white-jacketed waiters.’
    • ‘I sat on steps outside churches and enjoyed takeaway cheese rolls and custard pies.’
    • ‘Among the street stall holders was Bernie whose delicious home cooking treats featured apple tarts and custard pies.’
    1. 1.1A custard pie, or a flat container of foam, used for throwing in someone's face in slapstick comedy.
      ‘staff raised about £70 by putting members of the management team in the stocks and pelting them with custard pies’
      [as modifier] ‘Charlie Chaplin won enormous popularity with his custard-pie comedies’
      • ‘Then, the ‘piece de resistance’ the reason all small boys really love circuses - the custard pie in the face.’
      • ‘That includes custard pie throwing, yellow dress code and fines for those not taking part, yellow floral displays, serving yellow ice cream, and baking and selling yellow treats to colleagues in the office.’
      • ‘A comic food fight followed a rather plain juggling act, and Henri had the audience tossing bundles of spaghetti back and forth finishing with a satisfying custard pie slap in the face.’
      • ‘The episode in which the Pope is tricked of his lunch and gets a custard pie in his face suggests the kind of blasphemy that can only coexist with belief.’
      • ‘The film's final scene, a post-apocalyptic custard-pie battle in the presidential bunker, was deleted before it went on general release.’
      • ‘A clown would be too busy making balloon animals and throwing delightful custard pies.’
      • ‘I won't have that custard pie in the face though.’
      • ‘I am making lots of calls but everywhere I turn I am getting a custard pie in the face.’
      • ‘And then you get a great big custard pie in the face.’
      • ‘Throw a custard pie at a rocket shark and it falls to pieces before your eyes.’
      • ‘Gareth would like to see the whole situation sorted with a custard pie fight in Museum Gardens on St George's Day, April 23.’
      • ‘Borkowski, who staged the biggest custard-pie fight ever in the Millennium Dome (3,312 pies in two minutes), has set himself a challenge on a par with making a romance about estate agents.’
      • ‘And an entertainer from Tring throwing custard pies from the window of his collapsing car.’
      • ‘It's like he wants to grow up and say something, but just can't resist donning the Fatboy suit and chucking a custard pie or two.’
      • ‘I'm obliged to say that, in case the clown mobsters order a custard-pie hit.’
      • ‘After a fortnight in which everyone had been getting hot and bothered over the advance of the far right, the British people reacted as only they know how - with a custard pie in the face of politics.’
      • ‘This Thursday's AGM, aka the Big Top Conference, will pose some serious issues, among them custard-pie throwing and clown museum funding.’
      • ‘We are also looking for employees and business to wear yellow for a day, sell yellow ribbons, get someone sponsored to sit in a bath of custard or have a sponsored custard pie throwing.’
      • ‘Personally, I'd rather see the Games end with a gigantic custard-pie fight.’
      • ‘From the moment you entered the room on your unicycle wearing your orange wig and carrying a custard pie, all I could think was, ‘I hope he isn't going to do something silly’.’


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