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le beurre et l'argent du beurre



Literally "the butter and the money from [selling] the butter"


le beurre et l'argent du beurre

  1. (idiomatic) One thing without any disadvantages inherent to it; having one's cake and eating it too.
    « Tu veux le beurre et l’argent du beurre
    You want to have your cake and eat it too.

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  • While the French expression is used mostly with avoir and vouloir, a variety of construction with verbs such as obtenir or garder are possible, unlike in English.

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