(third-person singular simple present takes the cake, present participle taking the cake, simple past took the cake, past participle taken the cake)
- (idiomatic, US) To be especially good or outstanding.
- Thanks! You guys take the cake.
- Once the party was over, everyone agreed that Elizabeth and her Harriet Tubman getup had taken the cake.
- (idiomatic, US) To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious.
- I've seen bad grammar, but this takes the cake.