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frosting

[fraw-sting, fros-ting] /ˈfrɔ stɪŋ, ˈfrɒs tɪŋ/
noun
1.
a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing.
2.
a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or glass.
3.
a process of highlighting the hair by bleaching selected strands.
4.
a material used for decorative work, as signs, displays, etc., made from coarse flakes of powdered glass.
Idioms
5.
the frosting on the cake, something added to make a thing better or more desirable.
Also, icing on the cake.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; frost + -ing1
Related forms
nonfrosting, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for icing on the cake

frosting

/ˈfrɒstɪŋ/
noun
1.
a soft icing based on sugar and egg whites
2.
Also called icing. a sugar preparation, variously flavoured and coloured, for coating and decorating cakes, biscuits, etc
3.
a rough or matt finish on glass, silver, etc
4.
(slang) the practice of stealing a car while the owner has left it idling to defrost the windows and heat the engine
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Word Origin and History for icing on the cake

frosting

n.

1610s as an action; 1756 as a substance; meaning "cake icing" is from 1858; verbal noun from frost (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for icing on the cake

icing on the cake

noun phrase

An enhancement; a bonus: going out to dinner and a movie is icing on the cake


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Idioms and Phrases with icing on the cake

icing on the cake

Also, frosting on the cake. An additional benefit to something already good. For example, All these letters of congratulation are icing on the cake, or After that beautiful sunrise, the rainbow is just frosting on the cake. This metaphoric expression alludes to the sweet creamy coating used to enhance a cake. [ Mid-1900s ]
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