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the icing on the cake | the frosting on the cake

Meaning: If something is the icing on the cake, or the frosting on the cake, it makes a good situation or a good result even better.

For example:

  • The fifty thousand dollars the government will give to every athlete who wins a gold medal in the Olympics will be the icing on the cake for them.

  • I was happy just to get my book published, so winning the young writer's prize as well is the frosting on the cake.

Note: "The icing on the cake" is used more in British and Australian English and "the frosting on the cake" is used more in American English.

Quick Quiz:

Winning a Nobel prize is the icing on the cake after
  1. earning so much money
  2. being ignored for so long
  3. such a long and rewarding career

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