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cake-eater (plural cake-eaters)

  1. (US slang) A well-off person who indulges himself or herself; a playboy.
    • 1934, James T. Farrell, chapter 21, in The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan:
      And you fellows, if you find some cake-eaters trying to take advantage of your sister, what are you going to do?
    • 1956, Joseph Caruso, The Priest, →ISBN, page 158:
      "Nowadays, these cake-eaters all died young. They had no teeth. They all went to doctors who fixed teeth. But still they died young and without their teeth."
    • 2004, Zac Unger, Working Fire: The Making of an Accidental Fireman, page 8:
      "'... We got us a cake eater, right here at the sink!' He turned to me. 'Have you ever had your hands dirty, new kid?'"
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see cake,‎ eater.
    • 1965, Chaim Bermant, Berl Make Tea, Chapman and Hall, page 12:
      If ever there was a birthday in the home she would bake a special cake for the occasion, with the result that very few of our inmates lasted for more than a year. I myself am no great cake-eater, and I made a special point of keeping my birthday secret.