Something that’s a piece of cake is as easy as eating a delicious piece of cake would be. The Americanism cakewalk, used to mean “something easy,” came first, in the 1860’s — piece of cake wasn’t used until around 1936. Both cake and pie have a long history in the United States as metaphors for things that come easily.
Is a piece of cake an idiom or metaphor?
A piece of cake is an American idiom with roots in the Old South. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the definition of a piece of cake, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.
What are examples of metaphors?
Common metaphor examples
- Life is a highway.
- Her eyes were diamonds.
- He is a shining star.
- The snow is a white blanket.
- She is an early bird.