piece of the pie

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piece of the pie (plural pieces of the pie)

  1. A personal share of a limited resource.
    • 2008, Shmuley Boteach, The Broken American Male: And How to Fix Him, →ISBN:
      Since soulless capitalism is born of a deprivation mentality in which all are seen as competing against one another, every time one of his friends takes a bigger piece of the pie, it is his piece that is being taken.
    • 2012, Artie Woodington, Stormy Roads We Trod: Before and After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., →ISBN:
      They are looking for the loopholes that will give them a bigger piece of the pie, loopholes that will help them in their fight to be top dog.
    • 2012, J. F. Swartz, Theft of the American Dream: Understanding the Financial Crisis, →ISBN:
      This fact will dramatically affect all things financial and economic, including your little piece of the pie.
  2. (idiomatic, one's share from the financial proceeds of illicit activity) A piece of the action.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see piece,‎ pie.