you can't have your cake and eat it too

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You can't have your cake and eat it too definition


The things people want are often incompatible. This proverb is easier to grasp if it is understood to mean “You can't eat your cake and have it too.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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