Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pie adj.1

1. of actions or inanimate objects, very easy, easily achievable or attainable [abbr. of easy as pie under easy as... adj.].

[US]World (N.Y.) 29 Sept. 6/6: Those who imagined that the Wolverines would be pie for the pennant-winners yesterday were sorely disappointed.
[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 27: It was simply Pie for him to tell in what year Anse began to play with the Rockfords.
[US]Flynt & Walton 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.
[UK]D. Lowrie My Life in Prison 282: The dough is pie for us if you’ll say you did it.
[US]Ade 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.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 201: Naturally a mere article would be pie for her.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 607: It had been pie for many guys, why not for him?
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 110: It’ll be pie.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 50: It was too much pie.
[UK]G.F. Fiennes I tried to run a Railway 26: In the current work York was pie compared with Cambridge. There was far less pressure.
[UK]Wodehouse 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.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Sept.

2. of individuals, susceptible, easily conquered, a ‘pushover’.

B.L. Standish Frank Merriwell’s Cruise 72: He is pie for Thomaston, but he makes monkeys of our men.
[US]G. Ade Breaking into Society 158: Also he was Pie for the Dignified Gentlemen representing the Eastern Publishing House.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 8 Oct. 4/8: — found a quid punter at Kensington. ’e was pie.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 118: My she’s pie [...] just con her along, that’s all.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Horseshoes’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 265: Young Joyce had been pie for Tesreau all day.
[UK]Wodehouse Coming of Bill 54: This Kid Mitchell was looked on as a coming champ in those days. I guess I looked pie to him.
C.J. Brim 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.

In phrases

old pie (adj.)

1. (US) experienced.

[US]‘Artemus Ward’ 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?’.
[US]Sweet & Knox 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.

[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer 96: Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you’re just old pie, ’long-side o’ what I am.
[Aus]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.

[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ 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.