We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What does "Easy As Pie" Mean?

Michael Pollick
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Language & Humanities is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Language & Humanities, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A very simple task or project that requires very little mental or physical effort is often described as either a "piece of cake" or "easy as pie." The two idioms are very similar in nature, and are often used interchangeably when referring to an exceptionally easy job assignment. However, as any cook can attest, the actual creation of a pie can be a very complicated process for the baker. The "easy" in the expression may actually refer to the ease of eating the finished product. Some etymologists suggest the implied meaning behind the idiom is closer to "(as) easy as eating pie." This may refer to leading such a leisurely life that eating pies or other desserts are considered to be the only real challenge of the day.

The expression is often used to describe a work assignment so simple and effortless it should be easy to complete. The term could be used to refer to finding a particular location in an unfamiliar city with the help of a GPS navigation system, spotting the assigned target during a military bombing run with the proper coordinates, or even figuring out the killer's identity on a crime show once all the clues have been revealed. There are any number of situations which can be described as easy as pie once all the facts are in or clear instructions are provided.

There is no clear answer concerning the origin of this phrase, although the word "pie" has had several slang meanings over the years. During the 19th century, pie represented living the easy or simple life, similar to the modern use of "sunshine and lollipops" or other pie-in-the-sky analogies. A person could be described as "nice as pie" or "polite as pie" in popular novels such as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The act of eating pie was also used as a simile for other relatively easy accomplishments in sports or business.

This reference to simplicity and ease could also explain the use of the word "pie" in other expressions, such as pie-eyed and pie-in-the-sky. An especially unmotivated person might be judged so lazy that "he wouldn't take a job tasting pies in a pie factory." Whether it's a piece of cake or easy as pie, there is usually no doubt that the task at hand should be remarkably easy to accomplish.

Language & Humanities is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick , Writer
As a frequent contributor to Language & Humanities, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.

Discussion Comments

By anon355541 — On Nov 17, 2013

Michael Pollick

Michael Pollick

Writer

As a frequent contributor to Language & Humanities, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a...
Learn more
Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.