put all one's eggs in one basket

Definition of put all one's eggs in one basket

:to risk all one has on the success or failure of one thing
  • Investors should diversify their investments instead of putting all their eggs in one basket.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

egg play eggs
  1. : to incite to action

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

  2. : 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

  3. : ovum

  1. : to cover with egg

  2. : to pelt with eggs

basket play
  1. : a receptacle made of interwoven material (such as osiers)

  2. : any of various lightweight usually wood containers

  3. : the quantity contained in a basket


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