Finally, egged on by an evil spirit, a destitute J.R. resolves to commit suicide, and gun to his head, pulls the trigger.
“The White House is gonna get egged if this keeps up,” he recounted telling her.
The global financial crisis has made French demonstrators more inventive, egged on by the “Red Postman.”
No doubt some of the people who egged Abraham on thought he was joking.
I knew him; and I knew he would rather break his neck than back down, if I egged him on judiciously.
Mrs. Shimerda egged them on, chuckling while she gobbled her food.
A man who is egged on by ambition and egged off by the audience.
"I egged him on," said the veteran organ-builder, and we all know with what results.
Phil cried out on the girl to look to her teeth, but Pete egged her on to test the strength of them.
They were Christians who stoned him, champions of religion, and they were egged on by the clergy.
mid-14c., from northern England dialect, from Old Norse egg, which vied with Middle English eye, eai (from Old English æg) until finally displacing it after 1500; both are from Proto-Germanic *ajja(m) (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German, German ei, Gothic ada), probably from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (cf. Old Church Slavonic aja, Russian jajco, Breton ui, Welsh wy, Greek oon, Latin ovum); possibly derived from root *awi- "bird." Caxton (15c.) writes of a merchant (probably a north-country man) in a public house on the Thames who asked for eggs:
And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges, and she understode hym not.She did, however, recognize another customer's request for "eyren." Bad egg in the figurative sense is from 1855. To have egg on (one's) face "be made to look foolish" is attested by 1948.
[Young & Rubincam] realize full well that a crew can sometimes make or break a show. It can do little things to ruin a program or else, by giving it its best, can really get that all-important rating. They are mindful of an emcee of a variety show who already has been tabbed "old egg in your face" because the crew has managed to get him in such awkward positions on the TV screen. ["Billboard," March 5, 1949]Eggs Benedict attested by 1898. The figure of speech represented in to have all (one's) eggs in one basket is attested by 1660s.
The female sexual cell or gamete; an ovum.
A female gamete.
[first sense altered fr the mid-19th-century term bad egg, ''bad or rotten person'']