Egg

good egg

Meaning: a kind person

Example: My neighbour, Frank is such a good egg. He always feeds the cat and checks the house if we are away. Read on

bad egg

Meaning: someone who fails to meet expectations

Example: Stay away from Gordon. He's a thoroughly bad egg and the biggest bully in the school. Read on

goose egg

Meaning: zero

Example: We had a good game, but the score was goose egg. Read on

Easter egg

Meaning: a decorated or dyed egg usually given to children at Easter

Example: While scrolling down the menu of Grand Theft Auto V, I happened upon an Easter egg. Read on

kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Meaning: to destroy something that is profitable to you mostly because of greed.

Example: By selling off his business, Alex killed the goose that lays the golden egg. Read on

walk on eggshell

Meaning: to be careful about one's words or actions around another person

Example: Whenever Lisa is around the house, everyone has to walk on eggshells around her in order not to get her annoyed. Read on

you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs

Meaning: to have to go through something seemingly not nice for a good result

Example: The course requires a lot of effort on your part. It is true that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Read on

nest egg

Meaning: an amount of money that has been saved, especially for future use

Example: The stock market has given me good returns and helped me build a nest egg for my retirement. Read on

don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Meaning: don't make everything dependent on one thing

Example: It would be better if you applied to several companies instead of just one; don't put all your eggs in one basket. Read on

count chicken

Meaning: make plans based on events that may or may not happen

Example: It is not good to start counting your chickens when you do not even have the cash to start your own venture. Read on

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read the riot act

Meaning: warning someone by scolding them to improve their behavior

Example: She'd been bearing bad behavior from her employee and thought it was time to read him the riot act. Read on

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