Main definitions of pie in English

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noun

  • A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry:

    ‘a meat pie’
    [mass noun] ‘a good meal of hot pie and peas’
    [as modifier] ‘a pie dish’
    • ‘Pour the filling in the pie dish, and fold the flaps of dough over the borders of the filling.’
    • ‘My favourite dish is his pecan pie, unquestionably the best I've ever eaten.’
    • ‘Ella had her eye on a strawberry-topped pie with a pastry base and firm custardlike filling.’
    • ‘For a main dish bake a pie with pumpkin, yam and potato.’
    • ‘The trick here is to understand that you're eating a meat pie, and not some exquisite culinary treat.’
    • ‘For oven meals all you need are casserole dishes in a few sizes, a roaster, some pie plates for meat pies and quiches, and pizza pans.’
    • ‘Brigid secretly took a basket from the kitchen and stored some fruits, meats and pies in it.’
    • ‘There was a market where men were selling hearty vegetables, fruit, and fresh meat pies that they had labored over to produce profit.’
    • ‘Pour the cooled sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the pie dish and cover with puff pastry.’
    • ‘At least 75 per cent of our salt is found in processed foods such as ready-made meals, some breads and breakfast cereals, meat pies, soups, sauces, and cheese.’
    • ‘There many meats, chickens, fruits and vegetables, pies and desserts.’
    • ‘Biscuits, cakes, pastries, meat pies, sausages, hard cheese, butter and foods containing lard, coconut or palm oil all tend to be high in saturated fats.’
    • ‘Fill the pastry case with the pumpkin mixture and bake the pie on the hot baking tray for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Meat pies, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
    • ‘The food basket was stuffed with savory meat pies, potato salad and a wonderful deep-dish apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘Meat pies would be dished up with sauce squeezed by the lady behind the counter and full strength beers would be served in bottles.’
    • ‘However, you won't end up with a well-balanced diet if you simply swap meat pies for cheese sandwiches and salt and vinegar crisps.’
    • ‘I grabbed the meat pies that I had baked out of the oven and threw them on a platter.’
    • ‘Put the potato into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle and pipe on to the meat mixture in the pie dish.’
    • ‘Shoppers can stock up on a wide range of goods including honey, free range eggs, organic vegetables, jams and chutney fresh meats, cheeses and pies.’
    pastry, tart, tartlet, quiche, pasty, patty, turnover
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Phrases

  • (as) —— as pie

    • informal Very ——:

      ‘using the camera was as easy as pie’
      • ‘Rebooting a server is easy as pie, you power it down and then power it back up again, then reboot all the machines that were connected to it.’
      • ‘Once the necessary precautions have been taken, things are as easy as pie.’
      • ‘Armed with the necessary knowledge and just a few decisions to make, mounting your own stamps can be easy as pie.’
      • ‘You can take someone out and they're nice as pie.’
      • ‘But some quite rightly pointed out that converting music to MP3 used to be a tortuous process whereas now it's easy as pie.’
      • ‘She was always shooting remarks and being blunt, but yet she was so sweet as pie.’
      • ‘So many other countries have a system in place already to make it easy as pie to recycle just about anything that can be recycled.’
      • ‘He was as nice as pie on the door too - always polite.’
      • ‘‘Easy as pie,’ she remarked, walking through the doors and towards the main area of the club.’
      • ‘One minute she could be sweet as pie, and the next she could be throwing dishes at me.’
  • (as) nice (or sweet) as pie

    • Extremely pleasant or polite:

      ‘the girl she spoke to was as nice as pie’
      • ‘"When I'm off the pitch, I will be as nice as pie. I'll sign autographs, I'll smile, but as soon as I cross the white line, I am there to win the game."’
      • ‘My son is as sweet as pie, but he has ADHD and sometimes its overwhelming for me to have to deal with him.’
      • ‘However, she gains no support from her husband, who is the epitome of the couch potato, nor her neighbor Judy, who is as sweet as pie and about as bright.’
      • ‘She would act all sweet as pie until the director shouted, ‘Action!’’
      • ‘She could be as nice as pie in a few days, that's been the pattern recently.’
  • a piece (or slice) of the pie

    • A share of an amount of money or business available to be claimed or distributed:

      ‘orchestras have seen cultural rivals get a bigger piece of the pie’
      • ‘Now residents living near the hot springs want a piece of the pie.’
      • ‘His wife has now filed for divorce and is asking for a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘Most of them want a slice of the pie or over-state their role in the book's production.’
      • ‘With the EU expanding the real concern is that existing farmers will see their supports further eroded as new member states get a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘It is hardly surprising that others are now demanding a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘But licensing money is a slice of the pie by which all major leaguers are created essentially equal, with their payments based solely on service time, not on star power.’
      • ‘If we sell the house and in 10 years' time somebody gets permission, we might as well get a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘Blockbusters spawn numerous producers who all expect a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘But this system seems geared towards only helping those who already have a piece of the pie.’
      • ‘By the end of December, only about 30,000 people nationwide had applied for a piece of the pie, a tiny fraction of the number the settlement could handle.’
  • pie in the sky

    • informal Used to describe or refer to something that is pleasant to contemplate but is very unlikely to be realized:

      ‘don't throw away a decent offer in pursuit of pie in the sky’
      • ‘If I am a disaster at any stage, leading the party will be pie in the sky.’
      • ‘And obtaining permission to hold a demonstration, well that's just pie in the sky.’
      • ‘I had to convince them that my plans to renovate it weren't just pie in the sky and persuade them that I'd actually finish it.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, many people thought that bringing crime in New York under control was pie in the sky.’
      • ‘We are not talking pie in the sky, we are talking about clear correlations which will help deliver a healthier Scotland.’
      • ‘We are still in the preliminary stages but we are seriously interested - it is not pie in the sky.’
      • ‘He went on: ‘This is not just wishful thinking or pie in the sky.’’
      • ‘One source said: ‘That type of number is simply pie in the sky.’’
      • ‘The plans are not pie in the sky, they are something we are pursuing with some vigour.’
      • ‘It's probably pie in the sky to say we could unionize them, but that's what I'd like to see.’
      false hope, illusion, delusion, unrealizable dream, fantasy, pipe dream, daydream, reverie, mirage, castle in the air, castle in spain
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Origin

Middle English: probably the same word as pie, the various combinations of ingredients being compared to objects randomly collected by a magpie.

Pronunciation:

pie

/pʌɪ/

Main definitions of pie in English

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noun

  • Used in names of birds that resemble the magpie, especially in having black-and-white plumage, e.g. tree pie.

    • ‘The Indian Tree Pie is a long-tailed chestnut-brown bird, with sooty head and neck.’
    • ‘Ornithologists will know that the strangely-named Indian Tree Pie takes its name from a colourful Indian member of the crow family (Dendrocitta vagabunda).’
    • ‘The present investigation was carried out on oviductal activity during the annual ovarian cycle of the Indian tree pie.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pica magpie (related to picus green woodpecker).

Pronunciation:

pie

/pʌɪ/

Main definitions of pie in English

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pie3

noun

  • A former monetary unit of India and Pakistan, equal to one twelfth of an anna.

    • ‘Towards the nineteenth century, the pie was the smallest minted coin in India.’
    • ‘Copper coins were the Pice (of 3 Pies) and the Pie.’

Origin

From Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pada, padī quarter.

Pronunciation:

pie

/pʌɪ/