Meaning of “have your cake and eat it (too)” in the English Dictionary

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"have your cake and eat it (too)" in British English

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have your cake and eat it (too)

to have or do two good things at the same time that are impossible to have or do at the same time:

You can't have your cake and eat it - if you want more local services, you can't expect to pay less tax.

(Definition of “have your cake and eat it (too)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"have your cake and eat it too" in American English

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have your cake and eat it too

to do or get two good things at the same time, esp. things that are not usually possible to have together:

I worked at home so I could raise my family and still earn money – I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.

(Definition of “have your cake and eat it too” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)