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Ten English Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs

Updated on September 17, 2019
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A retired lawyer, I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I’ve always enjoyed reading, languages, & writing, including poetry

If You Don't Know All These proverbs and Expressions 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 or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL ), you should find this list of sayings about eggs very helpful.


1. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs -

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

e.g. "The situation in Syria is devastating, and there will be no real winners, because you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and people are going to get hurt"




2. A good egg -

A decent or good person

e.g. "He's kind and generous, even to strangers - he's a real good egg"


3. A bad egg or a rotten egg -

A bad or very unpleasant person with criminal tendencies

e.g. "Not many people were sad when Charles Manson died, because he was a bad egg"


A Bad Egg


A Rather Strong Reaction To The Smell Of Bad Eggs:

A State of Collapse
A State of Collapse | Source

4. An Egghead –

Someone clever

e.g. "It takes an egghead like Einstein to discover the theory of relativity"


Two Eggheads


5. To get egg on his face -

To be caught doing something stupid

e.g. " When Trump said America would build a wall to separate USA from Mexico and make Mexico pay for it, to some extent he was caught with egg on his face, because Mexico refused to pay for it"


6. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? -

Describing something which is a connundrum or a circular argument

e.g. "You need experience to get a good job, and you need a good job to get experience - it's a chicken and egg situation, that is, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"


Eggs Boiling


7. Walking on eggshells -

Having to act carefully in order not to upset someone

e.g. "My husband is so sensitive that trying not to upset him is like walking on eggshells"


8. Eggshell paint –

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

e.g. "I prefer egg shell paint to gloss because, although washable, it is not as shiny as gloss paint"


9. To egg someone on -

To encourage someone fairly forcefully

e.g. "Egged on by his trainer and admirers, Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in the world"


10. It smells like rotten eggs –

There's something suspicious or fraudulent going on....very apt for the current political situation in many parts of the world, I fear.

e.g. "Jacob Zuma, the African president, built an additional swimming pool on the edge of his multi-million pound estate which he said was to protect him against interlopers, but that smells like rotten eggs to me"


Rotten Eggs


I've Just Thought Of One More Proverb About Eggs Whilst Editing This Page:

No. 11 To be Hard-Boiled

This describes someone who is tough

e.g. "She's hard-boiled and would not be afraid of any of your threats"


Hard Boiled Eggs


Do You Remember Dunking Your Bread Into Your Boiled Egg?

Dunking Soldier
Dunking Soldier | Source

This Is My Poem About 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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An Eggsample by an Eggotist of a Play on Words About Eggs:


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© 2012 Diana Grant

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    • profile image

      Karen B 

      3 years ago

      I knew all these! Shared the page with a friend who is working on a book about Egg Cookery.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile image

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      3 years 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.

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good for you!

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from London

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

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from London

      That's a new one to me

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      4 years 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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      Gibson Mupeyo 

      4 years 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.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      6 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.

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from London

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

    • sashenikainderby profile image


      8 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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      Dilip Chandra 

      8 years ago from India

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

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from London

      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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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 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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