Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

icing on the cake

icing on the cake
Meaning(s)
1) an additional positive that makes something good even better
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    • that's just the icing on the cake
  • Analysis
    In a literal sense, icing is an inessential sugary coating applied to a cake, often for decorative purposes. Figuratively, therefore, this expression is generally used in a positive sense to refer to an already good situation being made even better by the addition of something. Occasionally, however, 'icing on the cake' can be used in a sarcastic manner in relation to something negative. The term is common in both a social and professional environment and is similar to the phrase 'cherry on top.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The game was already won by that point, so the fourth goal was just the icing on the cake.
    2. I had a disastrous day at work, and my car breaking down on my way home was the icing on the cake.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Getting the deal over the line was my main goal. Getting a bonus was really just icing on the cake.
    2. I love my job and the generous salary and company perks are really the icing on the cake.
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