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Idiom

Put All Your Eggs in One Basket: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
If you put all your eggs in one basket, you depend completely on just one idea or plan and if it doesn’t work out, you risk losing everything.
Origin
put all your eggs in one basketThis idiom has a literal meaning – if you have a few eggs and you put them all in one basket or container, you risk losing all of your eggs if you drop the basket. If you put your eggs into different containers and you drop one of them, you will still have eggs remaining.

The phrase was first recorded in the book ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes:
“It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.”
Examples
“Mr King, I know you want to put all of your money into this company but you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should invest in a few different companies in case this one fails.”

“I’m sorry Jim, I know you told me not to put all my eggs in one basket but I didn’t listen to you and I lost all of our money at the casino last night.”

Tim: “How was your interview yesterday? Do you think you’ll get the job?” Joey: “It went well but I’m still applying for other jobs too. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.”