Thursday, April 4, 2013

English Egg Idioms for Easter

1. To egg someone on - to encourage or dare someone to do something,   often something unwise
ExI wouldn’t have gone bungee jumping if John hadn’t egged me on to do it.
2. To put all your eggs in one basket - to risk everything in one venture
ExWhen investing in the stockmarket, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should diversify your portfolio.
3. To walk on egg shells (Br E) - to be very diplomatic and inoffensive
ExShe is so stressed at the moment that I feel like I am walking on eggshells to avoid an argument.
4. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs - In order to do something good, you need to give something else up
ExJames: ‘We may make a lot of money if we raise our prices, but we will upset a lot of our customers’.
Tony: ‘We cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs’.
5. A chicken and egg situation - a situation where it’s impossible to decide which of two things existed first and which caused the other
ExIt’s a chicken and egg situation - I don’t know whether I was bad at Maths because I wasn’t interested, or wasn’t interested and therefore was not good at the subject.
6. To pull a rabbit out of the hat - to do something surprising (it’s often used to show a surprising solution to a problem)
ExThe Chancellor pulled a rabbit out of the hat by putting together a budget without raising taxes.
7.)  Egghead - a smart person/nerd
Do you know any other idioms and phrases that use the words ‘eggs’ and ‘rabbits’ in them? Please share them with us.
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Happy Easter, everyone!

1 comment:

Pajama Tutors Language Learning said...

I am with Pajama Tutors Language Learning and would add "egg on your face", as in you really messed up and have egg on your face after that comment, or something along those lines:)

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