egg on one's face, have

Look foolish or be embarrassed, as in If you ask any more personal questions, you'll end up with egg on your face. This expression possibly alludes to dissatisfied audiences pelting performers with raw eggs. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. egg cup,
  2. egg foo yung,
  3. egg in your beer,
  4. egg membrane,
  5. egg on,
  6. egg roll,
  7. egg rolling,
  8. egg sac,
  9. egg slice,
  10. egg spoon

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