1. of actions or inanimate objects, very easy, easily achievable or attainable [abbr. of easy as pie under easy as... adj.].
|World (N.Y.) 29 Sept. 6/6: Those who imagined that the Wolverines would be pie for the pennant-winners yesterday were sorely disappointed.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 27: It was simply Pie for him to tell in what year Anse began to play with the Rockfords.|
|Powers That Prey 182: I ain’t leary, I ain’t; but it’s pie to take your constitutional without everybody rubberin’. Say, I guess I’ll take a bit of a leg-loosener an’ see ’bout bankin’ that dough in London.|
|My Life in Prison 282: The dough is pie for us if you’ll say you did it.|
|Hand-made Fables 30: Some of the Steps were easy and others had been thought out by Contortionists, but they were all Pie for Oliver Cromwell Wilton.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 201: Naturally a mere article would be pie for her.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 607: It had been pie for many guys, why not for him?Judgement Day in|
|Mating Season 110: It’ll be pie.|
|Savage Night (1991) 50: It was too much pie.|
|I tried to run a Railway 26: In the current work York was pie compared with Cambridge. There was far less pressure.|
|Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin 53: Interesting Llewellyn in Silver River would be pie, but I’d also have to interest her, and she’s not the right woman for that.|
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2. of individuals, susceptible, easily conquered, a ‘pushover’.
|Frank Merriwell’s Cruise 72: He is pie for Thomaston, but he makes monkeys of our men.|
|Breaking into Society 158: Also he was Pie for the Dignified Gentlemen representing the Eastern Publishing House.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 8 Oct. 4/8: — found a quid punter at Kensington. ’e was pie.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 118: My she’s pie [...] just con her along, that’s all.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 265: Young Joyce had been pie for Tesreau all day.‘Horseshoes’ in|
|Coming of Bill 54: This Kid Mitchell was looked on as a coming champ in those days. I guess I looked pie to him.|
|Medicine in the Bible 249: We say, ‘he’s pie for us’ or ‘he is our meat,’ when we wish to signify that our opponent will be easily conquered.|
1. (US) experienced.
|Artemus Ward, His Book 98: ‘Don’t you know that the rules of our Church is that I, the Profit, may hev as meny wives as I wants?’ ‘Jes so,’ I sed. ‘You are old pie, ain’t you?’.|
|On a Mexican Mustang, Through Texas 247: I’m no feather-bed soldier. I’m old pie, I am; and when it comes to fightin’ Indians, I’m just the sort of a liver-pad you want.|
2. (Aus./US) small-time, insignificant, second-rate.
|Tom Sawyer 96: Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you’re just old pie, ’long-side o’ what I am.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Feb. 24/2: One of the Ikey fraternity has offered to stake £200 that Otto licks any ten-stoner on the continent. Bald-patched old Jim Barron wants a go but he’d be ‘old pie’ as ‘Cocker’ Tweedie has it.|
3. (US) very kind.
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 42: So he took him to his own house, and dressed him up clean and nice, and had him to breakfast and dinner and supper with the family, and was just old pie to him, so to speak.|