le beurre et l'argent du beurre
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Literally "the butter and the money from [selling] the butter"
- (idiomatic) One thing without any disadvantages inherent to it; having one's cake and eating it too.
- « Tu veux le beurre et l’argent du beurre .»
- You want to have your cake and eat it too.
- While the French expression is used mostly with avoir and vouloir, a variety of construction with verbs such as obtenir or garder are possible, unlike in English.