lay an egg


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lay an egg

 
1. Lit. [for a hen, etc.] to deposit an egg. Old Red stopped laying eggs, so we stewed her for Sunday dinner.
2. Fig. [for someone] to do something bad or poorly; to perform poorly on stage. I guess I really laid an egg, huh? The cast laid an egg in both performances.
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lay an egg

  (American informal)
to fail to make people enjoy or be interested in something Our first two sketches got big laughs, but the next two laid an egg.
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lay an egg

Fail, especially in a public performance; make a humiliating error. For example, Carol really laid an egg last night when she forgot her lines, or, as Variety had it in October 1929: "Wall Street Lays An Egg." The term originated in the late 1800s in vaudeville and was extended to nontheatrical failures in the early 1900s.
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lay an egg

1. tv. [for someone] to do something bad or poorly. I guess I really laid an egg, huh?
2. tv. [for something] to fail. The community theater laid an egg last night with the opening performance of Death of a Salesman. The film was fun to make, but it laid an egg at the box office.
3. tv. to laugh very hard; to cackle long and loudly. (As if one were a chicken.) Half the audience laid an egg when I told this one.
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lay an egg

Informal
To fail, especially in a public performance.
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