egg and spoon race

  1. a novelty race in which contestants each carry an egg in a spoon to the finish line, the winner being the first to finish without dropping or breaking the egg.

Origin of egg and spoon race

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use egg and spoon race in a sentence

  • Represented Persia in the Olympic Games of 1072, winning the sitting high-jump and the egg-and-spoon race.

    Jill the Reckless | P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • There were a round at clock-golf, a skipping tournament, an egg-and-spoon race, and an archery contest.

    The Manor House School | Angela Brazil
  • I had just one minute in which to do the quarter-mile; but my forte is the egg-and-spoon race, and I missed the train handsomely.

  • The first event was the egg-and-spoon race, which was decided in the following way.

    Bill the Minder | W. Heath Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for egg-and-spoon race

egg-and-spoon race

  1. a race in which runners carry an egg balanced in a spoon

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