egg1 W2S1 [eg] n
3¦(egg shape)¦
5 (have) egg on your face
6 put all your eggs in one basket
7 lay an egg
8 good egg
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old Nors]
1.) ¦(BIRD)¦
a round object with a hard surface, that contains a baby bird, snake, insect etc and which is produced by a female bird, snake, insect etc
Blackbirds lay their eggs in March.
an ostrich egg
The eggs hatch (=break open to allow the baby out) in 26 days.
butter, ↑egg, ↑flour, ↑sugar
2.) ¦(FOOD)¦ [U and C]
an egg, especially one from a chicken, that is used for food
fried/poached/boiled etc eggs
Joe always has bacon and egg for breakfast.
Whisk the egg white (=the white part) until stiff.
Beat in two of the egg yolks (=the yellow part) .
3.) ¦(EGG SHAPE)¦
something the same shape as an egg
a chocolate Easter egg
a cell produced by a woman or female animal that combines with ↑sperm (=male cell) to make a baby
= ↑ovum
5.) (have) egg on your face
if someone, especially someone in authority, has egg on their face, they have been made to look stupid by something embarrassing
The Pentagon's been left with egg on its face.
6.) put all your eggs in one basket
to depend completely on one thing or one course of action in order to get success, so that you have no other plans if this fails
When planning your investments, it's unwise to put all your eggs in one basket.
7.) lay an egg
AmE informal to fail or be unsuccessful at something that you are trying to do
8.) good egg
old-fashioned someone who you can depend on to be honest, kind etc
kill the goose that lays the golden egg atkill1 (14), ↑nest egg
egg 2
egg2 v
egg on [egg sb<=>on] phr v
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: eggja]
to encourage someone to do something, especially something that they do not want to do or should not do
Bob didn't want to jump, but his friends kept egging him on.

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