EGG IDIOMS, PROVERBS AND EXPRESSIONS

The Viral Egg is a meme inspired by a 19 year old from India. The aim was to get more likes on Instagram than Kylie Jenner’s announcement of the birth of her daughter, Stormi. The mission was successful, with the photo of a simple egg trending and taking over the rankings for the number one photo on Instagram.

Egg memes might be popular but there are also a surprising number of expressions and idioms referring to eggs!  All language have their own idioms or expressions which use a set of words to express a different meaning which is commonly understood.  Below are some of the most common expressions in English with eggs.

Picture with the words GET EGG ON YOUR FACE which is an idiom meaning to be embarrassed or ashamed. The photo shows two hard boiled eggs in egg cups with faces painted on on and a surprised expression. They are looking at a fried egg.                                                      

IDIOM: GET EGG ON YOUR FACE

Use this idiom to express the idea that something embarrassing has happened.  Imagine you were sitting at an important dinner and you didn’t realise that you had a little bit of egg on your mouth for the whole meal.  It might be a little embarrassed in this type of social situation.

 

Picture with the words walk on eggshells. This English idiom means to be very careful.

IDIOM: WALK ON EGGSHELLS

 

This expression is used to mean that there is a situation in which you need to be very careful.  If you walk on eggshells they will break very easily, so you would need to be cautious.  Example sentence:  She is so sensitive at the moment that I feel like I’m walking on eggshells around her.

A tough egg to crack is an idiom meaning a difficult person or problem

                                                      IDIOM: A TOUGH EGG (TO CRACK)

 

A picture infographic with the text to egg someone one. This idiom means to encourage or dare someone to do something which is generally stupid.

IDIOM: EGG SOMEONE ONE ON

 

Picture infographic with words you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. This idiom means that you need to start at the beginning.

Can’t Make an Omelette Without Cracking Eggs

Picture with the words of the idiom or proverb, don't put all your eggs in one basket. In English this means that you should try different things and explore different options.

DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

A picture infographic with a yellow duck looking behind at a cracked egg which is underneath it. It looks like the young duck might have just laid the egg. The text on the picture says, 'chicken and egg problem' = which one came first?

CLASSIC CHICKEN AND EGG PROBLEM OR PARADOX

A picture infographic with the words a good egg which is an idiom meaning a a good person who is someone reliable or someone you can trust. A photo in the picture shows a guy with sunglasses smiling.

A GOOD EGG – IDIOM

A picture infographic of the idiom a bad or rottten egg. This idiom means that a person is bad, unreliable or a bad influence. The picture shows a red demon in a black jacket pointing a finger with sharp nails.

IDIOM – A BAD EGG

INFOGRAPHIC PICTURE OF EGG WITH WORDS GET EGG ON YOUR FACE

IDIOM MEANING SHAME

Idiom meaning to be shamed, to be in shame or embarrassed

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