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    #1

    takes the cake

    Does "take the cake" mean something best or worst done so far like the following? What are the similar expressions?

    *worst
    A:He cheated on this math exam again.
    B:He so takes the cake.

    *best
    A:This soup takes the cake.
    B:Do you want to go for another?

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    #2

    Re: takes the cake

    You're very close to the correct meaning, Keannu, but not quite 100% there. Here is a site that explains the phrase. If you read it and try two new sentences, I'll be happy to check them out.
    Take the cake

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    Re: takes the cake

    It's worth noting that in Br Eng the more common form of this idiom is 'to take the biscuit'. (Still, that's how the cookie crumbles.)

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    Re: takes the cake

    Yes, this is a US-only expression. It has no meaning in British English. In Britain we would say "that really takes the biscuit!" Mind you, it's not very commonly used nowadays.

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    Re: takes the cake

    take the cake means to be good or outstanding): steal the show
    (to be particularly bad or egregious): take the biscuit (British)

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    Re: takes the cake

    I'm a Brit who uses "take the cake" a lot.

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