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hot cake

noun
1.
a pancake or griddlecake.
Idioms
2.
sell / go like hot cakes, to be disposed of very quickly and effortlessly, especially in quantity:
His record sold like hot cakes on the first day after its release.
Origin of hot cake
1675-1685
An Americanism dating back to 1675-85
Regional variation note
1. See pancake.
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  • And West will drop you quicker than a hot cake when he finds it out.

    The Half-Back

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • If a crocodile would only swallow this Sabina I would give him that hot cake in yonder dish with pleasure, for his pudding.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • I shall ring the bell for some more bread-and-butter; I know you dined early; and this hot cake will do you no good.'

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • All very fine to jeer at it now in cold print but it goes down like hot cake that stuff.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Just because he didn't come from St. Petersburg, then you drop them like a hot cake.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Joel dropped his doughnut to his plate as if it had been a hot cake, and leaned over to fasten his black eyes on her big face.

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