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lay an egg

Definition of lay an egg

US informal

  1. :  to fail completely :  to fail in a very obvious or embarrassing way <He used to be a very popular star, but his last two movies have laid an egg.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to beat or strike down with force

    :  to put or set down

    :  to place for rest or sleep

  1. :  covert, lair

    :  something (as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)

    :  line of action :  plan

  1. : past of lie

  1. :  a simple narrative poem :  ballad

    :  melody, song

  1. :  of or relating to the laity :  not ecclesiastical

    :  of or relating to members of a religious house occupied with domestic or manual work

    :  not of a particular profession

  1. :  the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken

    :  its contents used as food

    :  an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence

  1. :  to cover with egg

    :  to pelt with eggs


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