|1.||a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust|
|2.||have a finger in the pie|
|a. to have an interest in or take part in some activity|
|b. to meddle or interfere|
|3.||pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism|
|[C14: of obscure origin]|
|an archaic or dialect name for magpie|
|[C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker]|
dish made by lining a shallow container with pastry and filling the container with a sweet or savoury mixture. A top crust may be added; the pie is baked until the crust is crisp and the filling is cooked through. Pies have been popular in the United States since colonial times, so much so that apple pie has become symbolic of traditional American home cooking. The typical American pie is round, 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) in diameter, 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) thick, and usually contains a sweet filling of fruit, custard, or a pastry cream. Some American specialties are pecan pie, pumpkin custard pie (traditionally served on Thanksgiving Day), lemon pie with a soft meringue topping, and shoofly pie, a Pennsylvania Dutch (see Pennsylvania German) pie with a rich filling containing molasses.
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