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Don't put all your eggs in one basket

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Don't concentrate all your prospects or resources in one thing or place, or you could lose everything.

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What does Don’t put all your eggs in one basket mean?

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is a proverb that warns not to invest all of your resources into a single thing because you might lose everything, as in Don’t put all your eggs in one basket by investing your life savings in a risky stock.  

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is usually said as a warning to try to stop someone from betting everything on a single thing or venture.

Example: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket by quitting a high-paying job to focus on music before you learn to play!

Where does Don’t put all your eggs in one basket come from?

The first records of the phrase Don’t put all your eggs in one basket comes from around 1710.

The proverb makes a metaphorical comparison between eggs in a basket to a person’s resources being focused on or contained in one thing. If you put all your eggs in one basket and then drop the basket, all of the eggs will break and you will lose all of your eggs. Similarly, if you invest all of your time and money in one venture and it fails, you lose everything.

People who use Don’t put all your eggs in one basket are saying that it is better to spread your resources around to multiple things or have backup plans in case your plan fails. If you put your metaphorical eggs in many metaphorical baskets, you will only lose some of your eggs if you drop a basket.

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is a common proverb that people use to warn others of investing everything in only one thing or option.

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The proverb Don’t put all your eggs in one basket means that it is better to spread your resources into several things rather than spend all your resources on just one thing.

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