all (one's) eggs in one basket

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all (one's) eggs in one basket

All of one's hopes/efforts/resources are committed to one area, which is considered a risky strategy. Stella put all her eggs in one basket by just applying to Harvard, but it's the only school she wants to go to. If I were you, I'd have a backup plan, rather than putting all my eggs in one basket.
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Never put all your eggs in one basket? Or the exact opposite, which Andrew Carnegie advocated: Put all your eggs in one basket...
While more women are banking on this method, doctors warn that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. Success rates for egg freezing are still small and are based on a variety of factors.
My personal favorite is a line from Mark Twain, which I paraphrase as: "The fool says do not put all your eggs in one basket. The wise man says put all your eggs in the basket and then watch that basket" That has always reminded me not to lose focus, which in our attention-deprived world is an essential attribute.
LUCKY ducks have flown in the face of the old saying about never putting all your eggs in one basket. Members of the Northumbria Basketry Group have helped boost breeding success rates at the WWT Washington Wetland Centre on the banks of the River Wear.
He comments: "We're all familiar with the old saying 'don't put all your eggs in one basket'.
The moral is simple and obvious: don't put all your eggs in one basket. Everyone knows that.
The adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" cautions against making all family investments in the same asset type or in the same geographical area.
"You want to invest enough to make a difference in your account, but at the same time you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket," Willa says.
Those leery of centralized systems argue against putting all your eggs in one basket. There are too many connections and myriads of wires just waiting to foul up.
"But you can't put all your eggs in one basket." The Realtors, he said, will continue to generate support throughout the towns and villages.