Definition of you can't have your cake and eat it (too) in English:

you can't have your cake and eat it (too)

phrase

proverb
  • You can't enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives.

    ‘the king wanted to have his cake and eat it—to marry Mrs Simpson and to remain on the throne’
    • ‘Who ever said you can't have your cake and eat it lied.’
    • ‘Besides, you can't have your cake and eat it - either the author, and therefore the process of creation, is irrelevant in reader response theory or it isn't.’
    • ‘The theory must sound good to corporate execs, but even in business you can't have your cake and eat it.’
    • ‘As the saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it.’
    • ‘Apparently they're right you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
    • ‘Well, I'm sorry, you can't have your cake and eat it.’
    • ‘Well as they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
    • ‘My feeling is that you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
    • ‘Pundits say you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
    • ‘I think you have just found out that you can't have your cake and eat it too!’