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What does have egg on one's face mean?

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have egg on one's face

The phrase to have egg on one's face means to be embarrassed by something one has done.

There are different speculations about the origin of the phrase:

1. Because soft-boiled egg was a common breakfast dish, sometimes one would have accidental runny egg on one's face, causing some embarrassment.

2. When a performance was strongly disliked, the audience would pelt the performer with things, including raw eggs. This was obviously a source of embarrassment.


If the president doesn't keep his promises, he will end up having egg on his face.

This idiom is in the food category

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