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.

    • ‘My favourite dish is his pecan pie, unquestionably the best I've ever eaten.’
    • ‘Brigid secretly took a basket from the kitchen and stored some fruits, meats and pies in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The food basket was stuffed with savory meat pies, potato salad and a wonderful deep-dish apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘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, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a main dish bake a pie with pumpkin, yam and potato.’
    • ‘Ella had her eye on a strawberry-topped pie with a pastry base and firm custardlike filling.’
    • ‘The trick here is to understand that you're eating a meat pie, and not some exquisite culinary treat.’
    • ‘Put the potato into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle and pipe on to the meat mixture in the pie dish.’
    • ‘Meat pies would be dished up with sauce squeezed by the lady behind the counter and full strength beers would be served in bottles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fill the pastry case with the pumpkin mixture and bake the pie on the hot baking tray for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘There many meats, chickens, fruits and vegetables, pies and desserts.’
    • ‘I grabbed the meat pies that I had baked out of the oven and threw them on a platter.’
    • ‘Pour the filling in the pie dish, and fold the flaps of dough over the borders of the filling.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘Then turn those pedals a few more times to the Pizza patio for a tasty fat crust pie and a dangerously-strong blue margarita.’
      • ‘The chain, with 11,100 stores on Earth, also plans to provide pizza pies for the station's crew.’
      • ‘She had never even heard of pizza pie, let alone Salvador Dali.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So after a full hour and a half of preparation we stuck the pizza pie into the oven.’
      • ‘Others chose the cool shade of out-of-the-way awnings under which they could munch pizza pie and smoke.’
      • ‘A waitress walked over carrying a pie of plain pizza.’
      • ‘John turned us on to this fantastic new thing called pizza pie.’
      • ‘And if you want the full effects go eat a pizza pie!’
      • ‘We ordered a pizza pie and sat down at a table in the middle of the seating area.’
      • ‘The only thing he could snatch faster than a pizza pie was the thin-crusted regions of a minor.’
      • ‘However, for an extra $25 per topping, parents can add some fun to their pageant pizza pie.’
      • ‘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 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.’

Phrases

  • (as) easy as pie

    • informal Very easy.

      • ‘It's easy as pie -- when you know how to do it.’
      • ‘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. 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • informal

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  • (as) nice (or sweet) as pie

    • Extremely pleasant or polite.

      • ‘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."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My son is as sweet as pie, but he has ADHD and sometimes its overwhelming for me to have to deal with him.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘His wife has now filed for divorce and is asking for a slice of the pie.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now residents living near the hot springs want a piece 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blockbusters spawn numerous producers who all expect 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.’
  • pie in the sky

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

      • ‘Not so long ago, many people thought that bringing crime in New York under control was pie in the sky.’
      • ‘And obtaining permission to hold a demonstration, well that's just pie in the sky.’
      • ‘One source said: ‘That type of number is simply pie in the sky.’’
      • ‘He went on: ‘This is not just wishful thinking or 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.’
      • ‘If I am a disaster at any stage, leading the party will be pie in the sky.’
      • ‘We are still in the preliminary stages but we are seriously interested - it is not 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.’
      • ‘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

/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

: pie1pie2pie3

pie3

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pie

/pī/