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    english-kazan is offline Junior Member
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    cramming the pies in?

    "Has he been cramming the pies in?" is what I heard in Shameless. That's what it sounded like, anyway. Does it make sense to anyone? thanks.

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    Re: cramming the pies in?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-kazan View Post
    "Has he been cramming the pies in?" is what I heard in Shameless. That's what it sounded like, anyway. Does it make sense to anyone? thanks.
    I imagine it was a reference to someone who had gained weight! The question would be akin to "Has he been eating a lot of pies recently?" In the UK, "pies" (meat pies) are the food most used in jokes about fat people or about eating too much generally.

    One frequently used phrase when seeing a particularly fat person is "Who ate all the pies?" It's a sarcastic, almost rhetorical question, meaning that it is quite obvious who ate all the pies - the fat person. I make no comment on the popularity of "fat" jokes.

    "To cram in" means to force/stuff a lot of something inside something else, so in your example you get a picture in your head of someone with whole plates of meat pies, stuffing them into his mouth.

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    Re: cramming the pies in?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-kazan View Post
    "Has he been cramming the pies in?" is what I heard in Shameless. That's what it sounded like, anyway. Does it make sense to anyone? thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, English-Kazan.

    (1)This is ONLY my guess:

    Has he been eating a lot? Really stuffing his mouth with a lot of food?

    (Pies, of course, will make one fat if one eats too much.)

    (2) To cram = to stuff, to put in.

    (a) Here in the United States, for example, some students don't study

    on a regular basis. They wait until the day before the examination. Then

    they tell their friends:

    I'm going to cram for the exam tonight. (That is, they are going to study

    all night and hope to "stuff" all the information into their minds so that

    they can pass the exam.)

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: cramming the pies in?

    Thanks!

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