best thing since sliced bread

best thing since sliced bread

Meaning:

  • something that is too fine
  • an excellent person or thing
  • a new invention that is likely to improve people’s lives significantly
  • something that is thought to be very good

Examples:

  1. The invention of internet has changed the way we live; it is the best thing since sliced bread.
  2. The way he was praising her – you would think that she was the best thing since sliced bread.
  3. “Have you checked out this cool new app? I think its the best thing since sliced bread.”
  4. Smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives; they are the best thing since sliced bread.
  5. Some gadgets are marketed like the best thing since sliced bread, but I think they are just expensive gizmos.
  6. “My new assistant is so efficient! She is the best thing since sliced bread!”
  7. I really love my new computer, its the best thing since sliced bread.

Origin:
The phrase refers to the convenience achieved by the invention of sliced bread, as what was earlier done by hand was now being done by machines. In this exact form, the phrase was first used in America in the 1950s.

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Does this imply that the new thing is better than sliced bread, not as good as, or neither? Meaning, is it an exact comparison? or just simply saying ‘similarly good?’

- Anonymous April 29, 2021

Lol ok Clara, although I believe Red Skelton said this back in 1954.

- Confused January 23, 2020

I remember making up this phrase, “the best thing since sliced bread”. I remember where I was and what I was doing at the time.
I also remember people around me thinking it was at the time a strange thing to say.
Now I’m doubting everything I read thinking people just make things up if they don’t know the real answer to it.
I’ve made up many phrases that I’ve heard many times much later on in life.

- Clara April 2, 2018

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