Значение идиомы take the cake

[take the cake] {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To take the first prize; bethe best; rank first.

Mr. Jones takes the cake as a storyteller.

2. To be the limit; to be the worst; have a lot of nerve; be a veryrude, bold, or surprising action.

I let Jack borrow my baseball andhe never gave it back. Doesn’t that take the cake?

For beingabsent-minded, Mr. Smith takes the cake.

Compare: BEAT ALL.

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