have one's cake and eat it too
Verb
  1. (idiomatic) To seek to have two things which are mutually incompatible (such as eating a piece of cake and yet still possessing that piece for future use).
    It's not possible to get your savings and keep the piggy bank intact. You can't have your cake and eat it too!
Translations
  • French: avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre (to have the butter and the money from [selling] the butter)
  • German: auf zwei Hochzeiten gleichzeitig tanzen; wasch mich, aber mach mich nicht nass
  • Italian: avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca (have a full barrel and a drunk wife)
  • Portuguese: ter sol na eira e chuva no nabal, querer sol na eira e chuva no nabal
  • Russian: (lit.: eat the fish and not choke on its bone) и рыбку съесть, и косточкой не подавиться
  • Spanish: estar a la vez en la procesión y repicando las campanas, querer el oro y el moro, nadar y tener la ropa, estar en misa y repicando, soplar y sorber, no puede ser



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