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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ENGLAND'S World Cup hopes may seem to be pie in the sky but one Birmingham pub is still feeling Fabio with a special pastry delicacy on the menu.