Have your cake and eat it too

Idiom

Have your cake and eat it too

Definition

Having it all, or wanting to have more than one can reasonably handle

Examples

He thought he could have his cake and eat it too, but he eventually had to choose one or the other.

She wanted to have her cake and eat it too, but it was impossible.

Origin

The phrase originates from an old English proverb, ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’.

FAQs

Question

What does ‘have your cake and eat it too’ mean?

Answer

It means having it all, or wanting to have more than one can reasonably handle.

Question

Where does the phrase originate from?

Answer

The phrase originates from an old English proverb, ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’.