Ten English Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs

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If you don't know all these proverbs and sayings about eggs, this web page will help you to improve your English

The English Language is very rich in metaphors, proverbs and sayings. Pick on any common object, and it is quite likely that there will be a saying or proverb about it. Without too much difficulty, I have managed to think of ten sayings about eggs. See how many you can remember.

If your home language is English, I hope this web page will amuse you, and if you are a student of English, learning to speak English as a second language (ESL), you should find this list of sayings about eggs very helpful.

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Where Have All the Bad Eggs Gone?

Speaking of eggs, have you noticed that you hardly ever find any bad eggs these days? I remember being taught in my youth that you should break eggs into separate conainers, to avoid contaminating all your good eggs with one rotten egg. But I haven't come across a bad egg for years - I suppose that is because of better quality control before distribution.

And boy do bad eggs stink - sulphurated hydrogen is a smell which clings to your mind forever. But I haven't found one for years - I always take a risk and break them all in together.

This recent absence of bad eggs must be something to do with the modern methods of feeding and farming chickens, or the speed with which eggs travel from the farm to reach our breakfast table.

Imagine my disgust, then, when I went into my shed yesterday and smelt that smell. Ugh! I thought there must be a dead rat in there. But I traced it to a tied up plastic bag – and what was in that bag? I opened it gingerly to discover.....what?

Have you guessed? Yes, eggshells which I had saved all over Winter, to put on the garden in Spring. The smell almost bowled me over.

Did you know that eggshells leach a chemical, calcium, which is nourishing to plants? And, furthermore, eggshells are reputed to deter slugs, as slugs don’t like sharp things like sand and broken eggshells, which scratch their delicate little bodies. Maybe it works, but I can’t say I have noticed an appreciable difference.

Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No.1


You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs -

In order to reach your goal, it is necessary to do unpleasant things

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Omelette

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 2

A good egg -

A decent or good person

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Hard Boiled Eggs

peeled eggs
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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 3

A bad egg or a rotten egg -

A bad or very unpleasant person with criminal tendencies

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Eglantine the Eggcentric Egg
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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs:No. 4

An Egghead –

Someone clever

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Eggs boiling

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 5

To get egg on his face -

To be caught doing something stupid

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 6

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? -

Describing something which is a connundrum or a circular argument

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 7

Walking on eggshells -

Having to act carefully in order not to upset someone

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 8

Eggshell paint –

A type of paint with a texture somewhere between matt and gloss

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Here's a Brave Little Soldier Egg Cup - Great for Anyone Who Likes Eggs for Breakfast

Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 9

To egg someone on -

To encourage someone fairly forcefully

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Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 10

It smells like rotten eggs –

There's something suspicious or fraudulent going on

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Now see my tips on How to Make Scrambled Egg - Easy Recipe - I think you'll enjoy it, and you might learn something new.

And Here is my secret of How to Make an Omelette

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Remember dunking your bread into your boiled egg?

Dunking Soldier
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This is My Poem About Eggs and Soldiers -

EGGS AND SOLDIERS

Eggs and Soldiers

Eggs and Soldiers

Munchy munch they go


Tap tap tap

And crack crack crack

To open eggy neatly


Spread your bread

And sprinkle salt

Then eat your food politely


Little fellow

Dipped in yellow

Dunky dunk I go


Now his head is bitten off

His jacket coated gold

And crystal white his salty eggs –


Don’t let your egg get cold!


© Diana Grant

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hello Diana Grant, this was eggciting (sorry). You must be a good egg, sharing your egg stories. I hope you haven't put all your eggs in one basket, ha ha, what fun, now I am egging you on! Regards snakeslane


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London Author

Thanks snakeslane - I'm eggstatic with your reply and will take eggstra care to make sure my eggs are not all in one basket.


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

I like this Egg hub :) :) Well written, nice hub. Voted UP


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sashenikainderby 4 years ago

I found this hub very useful because English is not my first language and I try to learn proverbs but it could be better if you used them with examples. Thank you very much and I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London Author

I think you are right, sashenikainderby - I will have to put in some examples at some time in the future!


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Les Trois Chenes 2 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

My son introduced me to The Annoying Orange and (with exceptions) I love them. This eggs video is super! I like your poem too.


Gibson Mupeyo 9 months ago

This is my saying using eggs as metaphor.

"Do not drop an egg unless the yolk is used" - Gibson Mupeyo, 17 February 2016.

This means life is precious and should be cherished.


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Kristen Howe 8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Diana, great poem on the egg. Good hub on English proverbs and sayings on eggs. Thanks for sharing!


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Diana Grant 8 months ago from London Author

That's a new one to me


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Diana Grant 8 months ago from London Author

I enjoyed writing it, and especially doing the drawing that accompanied it


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Kristen Howe 8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Good for you!


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Gina Welds-Hulse 2 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

Angela Lansbury played a very eccentric character in Bedknobs and Broomsticks by the name of Eglantine. Her name makes perfect sense now. I never made the connection until now...and I've seen the movie many times. It is one of my favorite since middle school days, and my kids love it, also.

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