I just spontaneously used the phrase "take the crown" while complimenting someone's work. "Harry, this one takes the crown. Keep it up."

Does it exist as an idiom? Does it actually mean "best of all" or something like "take the cake"?


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To take the crown is a synonym for to win - see the 2nd meaning here.

  • It often does and Takes the crown/cake/biscuit… don't actually need any competition. Harry, this one takes the crown. Keep it up could also refer to the best of a fine batch, without anything to win. Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 16:25
  • It's not in common usage though, and it has connotations of overthrowing the previous crown-holder, like a war for the kingdom. I think it's a bit of a weird thing to say in the context. Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 7:57
  • @MaxWilliams Google returns ~166,000 results when searching for "but this one takes the crown". That's not very common, but I believe it's enough to establish it as an idiom. I agree it may not be best suited in the given example, but we don't know the full context. Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 9:55
  • @michael.hor257k I stand corrected! I guess it's just me then. I wonder if it's an Americanism. Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 10:43

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