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"promised pie"

Posted by ESC on April 13, 2001

In Reply to: "Promised pie" posted by Dan on April 12, 2001

: A student I work with recently failed to
: follow through on an implied obligation that was not
: necessarily a responsibility, but more along
: the lines of a favor.

: When informing me later she said, "thanks a million for (the help) and I owe you big time for not sending you promised pie. Please please bear with me, I have been (very busy, etc..) I assure you, solemn promise you will have it in hand before the end of the week. Scout's honor (I was never a scout but still :-)

: I asked her on telephone if she could tell me more about the phrase - was it slang, a literary reference, anything to do with "getting a piece of the pie" or the duty being "easy as pie" - ?

: she just thought it was something she "grew up with"

: Any input out there on the phrase, "promised pie" ?

Something promised is "pie in the sky, in the sweet by and by." Maybe that's where she got the expression.