le beurre et l'argent du beurre

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

le beurre et l'argent du beurre

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

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.
Last modified on 28 August 2013, at 15:28