One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Want more than is practicable or than is reasonable to expect.
- ‘He is not willing to make any sacrifice but wants his bread buttered on both sides.’
- ‘Universities that want their bread buttered on both sides when it comes to affirmative action would do better to apply more fiber than fat in their reasoning.’
- ‘The forum is full of people who seem to want their bread buttered on both sides - who seem to say one thing and do another.’
- ‘Corporate females on the other hand want their bread buttered on both sides’
- ‘She wants her bread buttered on both sides - she does not want to be committed to one person’
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