pie in the sky


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pie 1

 (pī)
n.
1. A dish composed of fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients baked over, under, or surrounded by a crust of pastry or other dough.
2. A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling.
3. Informal A pizza.
4. Something similar to or resembling pie: mud pie.
5. A whole that can be portioned out: "That would ... enlarge the economic pie by making the most productive use of every investment dollar" (New York Times).
Idiom:
pie in the sky
An empty wish or promise: "To outlaw deficits ... is pie in the sky" (Howard H. Baker, Jr.).

[Middle English.]

pie 2

 (pī)
n.
See magpie.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīca.]

pie 3

 (pī)
n.
A former unit of currency of India.

[Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā, quarter, from pāt, pad-, foot, leg; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pie 4

 (pī)
n.
An almanac of services used in the English church before the Reformation.

[Medieval Latin pīca.]

pie 5

 (pī)
n. & v. Printing
Variant of pi2.

PIE

abbr.
Proto-Indo-European

pie1

(paɪ)

n.
1. a pastry crust filled with fruit, meat, pudding, etc., and baked, often with a top crust.
2. a layer cake with a cream or custard filling: Boston cream pie.
3. a total or whole that can be divided: They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
4. an activity or affair: I'm sure he had a finger in the pie.
Idioms:
pie in the sky, the illusory prospect of future benefits.
[1275–1325; Middle English; of obscure orig.]

pie3

(paɪ)

n., v.t. pied, pie•ing.

PIE

Proto-Indo-European.

pie in the sky

A wish or promise that is extremely unlikely to be fulfilled.
Translations
شَيءٌ جيّد مَوعود وغَيْر مؤكَّد
vzdušné zámky
luftkastel
álom: csak egy szép álom
innantóm loforî
vzdušné zámky
ham hayâlolmayacak dua

pie

(pai) noun
food baked in a covering of pastry. a steak/apple pie.
pie in the sky
something good promised for the future but which one is not certain or likely to get. He says he will get a well-paid job but it's just pie in the sky.
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Pie in the Sky also offers vegetarian alternatives, jacket potatoes, toasties, teacakes, scones and homemade cakes.
John Whalley, business development manager at Chicopee, comments, "We have been supporting FoodCycle since the launch of the J-Cloth3000 a number of years ago, and we are proud to now also be providing our cleaning cloths for Pie in the Sky.
uk, said: "I can't see how on earth this would work - it is pie in the sky.
Cold Stone Creameries is offering pumpkin ice cream and dark chocolate peppermint ice cream, along with such variations as Pumpkin Pie in the Sky and After Dinner Mint in its stores.
The concept was good, but what Wayne was proposing was completely pie in the sky and not based on reality at all.