Main definitions of pie in English

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noun

  • 1A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pour the cooled sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the pie dish and cover with puff pastry.’
    • ‘Fill the pastry case with the pumpkin mixture and bake the pie on the hot baking tray for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pour the filling in the pie dish, and fold the flaps of dough over the borders of the filling.’
    • ‘Ella had her eye on a strawberry-topped pie with a pastry base and firm custardlike filling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My favourite dish is his pecan pie, unquestionably the best I've ever eaten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I grabbed the meat pies that I had baked out of the oven and threw them on a platter.’
    • ‘There was a market where men were selling hearty vegetables, fruit, and fresh meat pies that they had labored over to produce profit.’
    • ‘The food basket was stuffed with savory meat pies, potato salad and a wonderful deep-dish apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘The trick here is to understand that you're eating a meat pie, and not some exquisite culinary treat.’
    • ‘Brigid secretly took a basket from the kitchen and stored some fruits, meats and pies in it.’
    • ‘Put the potato into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle and pipe on to the meat mixture in the pie dish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meat pies would be dished up with sauce squeezed by the lady behind the counter and full strength beers would be served in bottles.’
    • ‘For a main dish bake a pie with pumpkin, yam and potato.’
    • ‘Meat pies, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
    • ‘There many meats, chickens, fruits and vegetables, pies and desserts.’
    pastry, tart, tartlet, quiche, pasty, patty, turnover
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    1. 1.1US A pizza.
      • ‘Since time immemorial, pizza makers have been arguing whether a pie is only as good as its crust, or its toppings - or the sheer timing of it.’
      • ‘She had never even heard of pizza pie, let alone Salvador Dali.’
      • ‘The amount of filling made for a very satisfyingly thick pie, and the pizza dough was nice and crunchy, but thin enough not to occupy the center of the stage.’
      • ‘The chain, with 11,100 stores on Earth, also plans to provide pizza pies for the station's crew.’
      • ‘We ordered a pizza pie and sat down at a table in the middle of the seating area.’
      • ‘Slices come from a pie that was cooked maybe an hour ago and are reheated back in the pizza oven whereas a pie is lovingly made to order from scratch and served immediately.’
      • ‘The pizza comes in all different sizes and they offer delivery service as well, but what surprised me was the dough cube sitting in the middle of my pizza pie.’
      • ‘And if you want the full effects go eat a pizza pie!’
      • ‘John turned us on to this fantastic new thing called pizza pie.’
      • ‘Others chose the cool shade of out-of-the-way awnings under which they could munch pizza pie and smoke.’
      • ‘However, for an extra $25 per topping, parents can add some fun to their pageant pizza pie.’
      • ‘The only thing he could snatch faster than a pizza pie was the thin-crusted regions of a minor.’
      • ‘So after a full hour and a half of preparation we stuck the pizza pie into the oven.’
      • ‘Then turn those pedals a few more times to the Pizza patio for a tasty fat crust pie and a dangerously-strong blue margarita.’
      • ‘A waitress walked over carrying a pie of plain pizza.’

Phrases

  • (as) easy as pie

    • Very easy.

      • ‘His light, super-speedy footwork gave his dancing a distinctive snap, and he made it all look easy as pie.’
      • ‘It's as easy as Pie. Today I had my final lesson on what has to be one of THE most boring topics in mathematics.’
      • ‘It's easy as pie -- when you know how to do it.’
      • ‘It's as easy as pie. A quick trip down to home depot for the network crimper and some connectors and you're done.’
      • ‘It's as easy as pie to visualize the possibilities.’
  • (as) nice (or sweet) as pie

    • Extremely pleasant or polite.

      • ‘My son is as sweet as pie, but he has ADHD and sometimes its overwhelming for me to have to deal with him.’
      • ‘She would act all sweet as pie until the director shouted, ‘Action!’’
      • ‘"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."’
      • ‘She could be as nice as pie in a few days, that's been the pattern recently.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘His wife has now filed for divorce and is asking for a slice 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.’
      • ‘Blockbusters spawn numerous producers who all expect a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘Now residents living near the hot springs want a piece of the pie.’
      • ‘It is hardly surprising that others are now demanding 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But this system seems geared towards only helping those who already have a piece of the pie.’
      • ‘If we sell the house and in 10 years' time somebody gets permission, we might as well get a slice of the pie.’
  • pie in the sky

    • informal Something that is pleasant to contemplate but is very unlikely to be realized.

      • ‘If I am a disaster at any stage, leading the party will be pie in the sky.’
      • ‘The plans are not pie in the sky, they are something we are pursuing with some vigour.’
      • ‘We are not talking pie in the sky, we are talking about clear correlations which will help deliver a healthier Scotland.’
      • ‘And obtaining permission to hold a demonstration, well that's just pie in the sky.’
      • ‘He went on: ‘This is not just wishful thinking or pie in the sky.’’
      • ‘Not so long ago, many people thought that bringing crime in New York under control was pie in the sky.’
      • ‘It's probably pie in the sky to say we could unionize them, but that's what I'd like to see.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One source said: ‘That type of number is simply pie in the sky.’’
      • ‘We are still in the preliminary stages but we are seriously interested - it is not pie in the sky.’
      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

/pī/

Main definitions of pie in English

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pie2

noun

  • short for magpie
    • ‘The word is derived from the Medieval English for magpie (pie from Latin pica).’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pie

/pī/

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

/pī/