lay an egg

lay an egg
American, informal to fail to make people enjoy or be interested in something.

Our first two sketches got big laughs, but the next two laid an egg.


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  • lay an egg — {v. phr.}, {slang} To fail to win the interest or favor of an audience. * /His joke laid an egg./ * /Sometimes he is a successful speaker, but sometimes he lays an egg./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay an egg — {v. phr.}, {slang} To fail to win the interest or favor of an audience. * /His joke laid an egg./ * /Sometimes he is a successful speaker, but sometimes he lays an egg./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay an egg — ► US to make something that does not work well or that fails: »They laid an egg by putting last decade s technology in that phone. Main Entry: ↑lay …   Financial and business terms

  • lay an egg — phrasal 1. : to fail to get a favorable response (as from an audience) : fall flat : fizzle 2. slang : to drop a bomb * * * lay an egg (slang, chiefly US) (of a joke, comedian, theatrical performance, etc) to fail, flop • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay an egg — 1. tv. [for someone] to do something bad or poorly. □ I guess I really laid an egg, huh? □ The cast laid an egg in both performances. 2. tv. [for something] to fail. □ The community theater laid an egg last night with the opening performance of… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • lay an egg — vb 1. American to fail, to be responsible for a dismal or disappointing performance. This expression comes from the Victorian British saying lay a duck s egg , meaning to score zero (now extinct in British speech). 2. Australian to behave in an… …   Contemporary slang

  • lay an egg — verb a) To produce an egg. That author usually writes good stuff, but he really laid an egg with that last piece. b) To produce a failure or flop; to do something which is unsuccessful …   Wiktionary

  • lay\ an\ egg — v. phr. slang To fail to win the interest or favor of an audience. His joke laid an egg. Sometimes he is a successful speaker, but sometimes he lays an egg …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay an egg — fail to win the interest or favor of an audience Although he was supposed to be a good magician, his performance was terrible and it laid an egg with the audience …   Idioms and examples

  • lay an egg — phrasal to fail or blunder especially embarrassingly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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