as easy as pie

as easy as pie

Meaning

  • A very simple task.
  • It is a comparison between a task and pie, the latter being very easy and hence the former depicts the same too.

Example Sentences

  1. The results are sure to be good this time since the exam was as easy as a pie.
  2. I went to work on a Saturday thinking that the task will take long to complete but it was actually as easy as a pie.
  3. She needs reassurances on contracts which are as easy as a pie. I cannot keep counselling her all the time.
  4. To write this paper was as easy as a pie.

Origin
A pie is not easy to make, so the comparison is not related to making a pie. It is in fact related to having or eating a pie. The phrase came to existence in the 1900’s in the United States of America. A pie was use to represent something that was pleasant and exchanged at joyous occasions. In 1855, the phrase, in a slight variation was published in the book called ‘Which? Right or Left?’ Here it was used as ‘nice as a pie’. Prior to this Mark Twain used the phrase ‘as polite as a pie’.

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