egg timer

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noun

a small hourglass or clock device running about three to five minutes, used to time the boiling of an egg.

Origin of egg timer

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for egg timer

  • My spirits, which had risen momentarily from their classic depths, sank like the sands of an egg-timer.

    The Blower of Bubbles|Arthur Beverley Baxter

British Dictionary definitions for egg timer

egg timer

noun

a device, typically a miniature hourglass, for timing the boiling of an egg

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