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The meaning and origin of the expression: No more cakes and ale?

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'No more cakes and ale?'?

Cakes and ale are synonymous with the good life, like beer and skittles.

What's the origin of the phrase 'No more cakes and ale?'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareThe word cake is often used as as a metaphor for 'a good thing' - as in 'take the cake' for example. The first use of cakes and ale with that allusion is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 1602:

SIR TOBY BELCH:
Out o' tune, sir: ye lie. Art any more than a steward? Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

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