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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ðə kˈeɪk/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ðə kˈeɪk/
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to be the most surprising, outrageous, or absurd

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to [take] the cake definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take the cake" and when to use it?

The idiom "take the cake" likely originated in the United States in the 19th century. It originally referred to winning a cake as a prize in contests or competitions, particularly in rural fairs. Over time, it evolved to describe someone or something that is exceptionally outstanding, remarkable, or deserving of recognition.

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Of all the costumes at the costume party, his homemade robot costume takes the cake for creativity.
When it comes to procrastination, he takes the cake - he never starts his work until the last minute.
All of the reviews were bad, but hers took the cake.
Oh, that takes the cake!
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