put all your eggs in one basket

put all (one's) eggs in one basket

To invest, devote, or commit all of one's energy or resources into a single venture, opportunity, or goal, generally at the risk of losing everything in the event that that thing fails or does not come to fruition. She has all her eggs in one basket with this merger deal. If it doesn't work out, I doubt her company can survive. I applied to several colleges so I wasn't putting all my eggs in one basket.
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put all your eggs in one basket

COMMON If you put all your eggs in one basket, you put all your efforts or resources into one course of action and will not be able to do anything else if this fails. You could argue this is a risky strategy, putting all your eggs in one basket; if the firm goes bust you lose your job and your savings and everything. Don't put your eggs in one basket; study hard at school and always keep an alternative job in mind. Note: People sometimes put other words before eggs and basket to show a particular situation they are talking about. Never put all your investment eggs in one basket. These countries have put their development eggs in the tourism basket, spending millions of dollars from public funds to build the sorts of facilities that foreign tourists demand.
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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.
NEVER put all your eggs in one basket, as the old saying goes.
"If you're going to put all your eggs in one basket, then you're going to want to take care of that egg when it comes out," says paleobiologist F.
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.
Buy when prices are low and sell when they are high; don't put all your eggs in one basket and don't expect returns for at least five years.
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket and focus on a single stock," he says, citing the examples of Enron and WorldCom.
You don't have to put all your eggs in one basket when dealing with a buyer.
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.
Niche marketing doesn't mean you should put all your eggs in one basket. You actually may want to diversify now to ensure your business stays afloat even if one of your products or services is hit by a slowdown.
"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.
"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.