Idiom:  Takes the cake


Idiom:  (something) takes the cake

  • an extreme example of something (e.g., especially good, bad or shocking)

Example sentences

  • All of her boyfriends are rich but the millionaire businessman she’s dating right now takes the cake.
  • My brothers say many things I cannot repeat but when my sister watches football her swearing takes the cake
  • As a teacher, I've heard some crazy excuses for missing class but having to attend your iPhone's funeral takes the cake.
  • We've seen some terrible hoarding situations but 225 dogs in an efficiency apartment really takes the cake. How did no one hear these animals from the other apartments?
  • There were so many good performances this evening but Sandra's piano solo really took the cake.
  • My son has had temper tantrums before but his antics on the bus this afternoon really took the cake. I was so embarrassed when the bus driver made us get off.
  • I've had pimples before but this one on my nose really takes the cake.  I really hope someone can edit it out of my senior picture. 
  • There's some really great costumes but yours takes the cake. Congratulations.
  • My husband loves tiramisu and yours really takes the cake.  Would you share the recipe?
  • This candidate's portfolio takes the cake. Look at these incredible portraits of people from all around the world.
  • It's understandable for companies to make employees use a time clock but requiring workers to to get chips implanted in their wrists to track attendance takes a cake.
  • I thought my brother had a large comic book collection but yours takes the cake.
  • Our previous hotel was very nice but this resort really takes the cake!


  • steal the show

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