lay an egg

Cultural Dictionary

lay an egg definition


To fail, or to have one's efforts fall flat: “Jim tried to tell a few jokes, but each time he forgot the punch line and laid an egg.”

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Cultural Dictionary

egg definition


A female gamete.

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