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.
See also: all, basket, egg, one, put

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.
See also: all, basket, egg, one, put
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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 moral is simple and obvious: don't put all your eggs in one basket.
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 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.
You can't put all your eggs in one basket, not in this market - you'll never survive.
You just can't put all your eggs in one basket like that,'' Lavin said.
If you're an egghead - an intellectual - you're probably sharp enough not to put all your eggs in one basket.
So instead of a gamble, where you put all your eggs in one basket and hope it's the one that doesn't drop, you hedge your bet by putting some eggs in each basket, with the software recommending how many go where," said Yanikoski.