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1    the oval or round reproductive body laid by the females of birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, and some other animals, consisting of a developing embryo, its food store, and sometimes jelly or albumen, all surrounded by an outer shell or membrane  
2      (Also called)    egg cell   any female gamete; ovum  
3    the egg of the domestic hen used as food  
4    something resembling an egg, esp. in shape or in being in an early stage of development  
5    good (or bad) egg  
Old-fashioned informal  
a    a good (or bad) person  
b    an exclamation of delight (or dismay)  
6    lay an egg  
Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)  
a    to make a joke or give a performance, etc., that fails completely  
b    (of a joke, performance, etc.) to fail completely; flop  
7    put or have all one's eggs in one basket   to stake everything on a single venture  
8    teach one's grandmother to suck eggs   to presume to teach someone something that he knows already  
9    with egg on one's face  
Informal   made to look ridiculous  
      vb   tr  
10    to dip (food) in beaten egg before cooking  
11      (U.S.)  
informal   to throw eggs at  
     (C14: from Old Norse egg; related to Old English æg, Old High German ei)  
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