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Egg expressions

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English idiom
I'm pretty certain but perhaps I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm as sure as eggs is eggs.

Idiom definition
I'm pretty certain but perhaps I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm absolutely sure.

Correct answer: (d) absolutely sure

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I know you didn't exactly push him into accepting the offer but you must admit you did egg him on.

Idiom definition
I know you didn't exactly push him into accepting the offer but you must admit you did encourage him.

Correct answer: (c) did encourage him

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You've always stood by him in all his bad habits but underneath I think he's a bad egg.

Idiom definition
You've always stood by him in all his bad habits but underneath I think he's a worthless person.

Correct answer: (b) worthless person

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First he agreed and then he disagreed. The result was he ended up with egg on his face.

Idiom definition
First he agreed and then he disagreed. The result was he ended up looking foolish.

Correct answer: (a) looking foolish

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You've got to learn to diversify and not put all your eggs in one basket.

Idiom definition
You've got to learn to diversify and not to rely on just one scheme.

Correct answer: (c) to rely on just one scheme

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She wasn't really successful in her first stage play. In fact you could say she laid an egg.

Idiom definition
She wasn't really successful in her first stage play. In fact you could say she she gave an embarrassing performance.

Correct answer: (d) she gave an embarrassing performance

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It was a bit like teaching his grandmother to suck eggs when the young director was showing the veteran actress how to act.

Idiom definition
It was a bit like teaching someone who was more experienced than he when the young director was showing the veteran actress how to act.

Correct answer: (a) teaching someone who was more experienced than he

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They told her to put some money aside each month so she would have a little nest egg.

Idiom definition
They told her to put some money aside each month so she would have a savings account.

Correct answer: (b) a savings account

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We all advised him to make sure he got payment and didn't take eggs for money.

Idiom definition
We all advised him to make sure he got payment and didn't accept just a promise of money.

Correct answer: (c) accept just a promise of money

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You'll need all your tact in this situation and you'll have to tread on eggs.

Idiom definition
You'll need all your tact in this situation and you'll have to be very sensitive.

Correct answer: (b) be very sensitive

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