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    slice up a pie

    Hello! I'd like to translate the following sentence into my mother tongue. But the problem here is I don't understand the meaning of 'the slicing up of a pie'. Could somebody please explain to me what it means?
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    Re: slice up a pie

    It is being used as a metaphor to describe a process which might appear to be making fundamental changes to something, but which does not actually result in any of the desired effects. Let's suppose that you want to get rid of a pie. Slicing it up merely changes the look of it, without actually eliminating any parts of the pie.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: slice up a pie

    In economics terms, how you slice up the pie is how the wealth (income, etc.) is distributed. The contrast is always between those who worry about how the pie is divided (who gets a bigger share, who "deserves" more, who is too "greedy") and those who want to make the pie grow bigger.

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