Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!!

Lesson Overview

Have you ever heard the phrase (to) put all your eggs in one basket? This is an idiom that is often used by native English speakers. Let’s study it:

Meaning: To risk everything at once (it usually relates to money, opportunity or hopes for the future).

The eggs represent what is valuable in life (money, opportunity and hope). They are delicate and easy to break. If someone puts all of their eggs in one basket and the basket breaks, all the eggs will be broken.

For example:

Paul and David both lost their jobs. Both men are looking for a new job.

Paul found the perfect job and applied for it. He “put all his eggs in one basket”.

David found the perfect job and applied for it. He also applied for three more jobs, just in case he doesn’t get the first job. David didn’t “put all his eggs in one basket”.

If Paul doesn’t get the job, he has no other opportunities.

If David doesn’t get the job, he has three other job opportunities. Even if he doesn’t get the first job, there are still more chances to find a job.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

 

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