characterized by being dried out and so forming a layer on another substance; crusted
If something is caked with mud, blood, or dirt, it is covered with a thick dry layer of it. Her shoes were caked with mud. = encrusted Caked is also a combining form. herds of mud-caked cattle and sheep. = encrusted
A small layer of protective carbon allowed to form and remain in the bowl of a briar pipe The cake protects the briar from burning but too much cake can split the pipe by causing uneven heating of the bowl
If you think something is very easy to do, you can say it is a piece of cake. People often say this to stop someone feeling worried about doing something they have to do. Just another surveillance job, old chap. Piece of cake to somebody like you
A cake is a sweet food made by baking a mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, and fat in an oven. Cakes may be large and cut into slices or small and intended for one person only. a piece of cake Would you like some chocolate cake? little cakes with white icing
emphasis If someone has done something very stupid, rude, or selfish, you can say that they take the cake or that what they have done takes the cake, to emphasize your surprise at their behaviour. = take the biscuit
disapproval If you think that someone wants the benefits of doing two things when it is only reasonable to expect the benefits of doing one, you can say that they want to have their cake and eat it. What he wants is a switch to a market economy in a way which does not reduce people's standard of living. To many this sounds like wanting to have his cake and eat it
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