Put All Your Eggs in One Basket Idiom

Put all your eggs in one basket idiom

Can you guess the meaning of the idiom 'put all your eggs in one basket' from the picture?   

(don't) put all your eggs in one basket:  having all of your resources or efforts in just one possibility is very risky.


This advice explains that if someone puts all of their eggs in one basket they risk the possibility that they might drop the basket and all of the eggs will break.

So the idiom is often used in the negative form:  don't put all your eggs in one basket.

The "eggs" in this idiom can represent anything such as money, investments, hopes and dreams, plans, ideas, work, etc.

This expression can be used for any 'person'. In other words, the idiom is really "put all ONE's eggs in one basket." (my / your / his / her / its / our / their basket).


  • Don't you think submitting only one college application is putting all your eggs in one basket?
  • I put all my eggs in one basket  when I quit my job and moved out west—fortunately I found an apartment and a job before my savings was used up.
  • Athletes often put all of their eggs in one basket  and when they get seriously injured their careers and lives are ruined.
  • I was so sure that I'd get that job that I turned down two other employment offers. Of course my parents warned me not to put all of my eggs in one basket. 
  • Let’s diversity our stock investments—putting all our eggs in one basket  is too risky.
  • I really want to be an actor but I've started writing screenplays and have also learned how to edit because I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket.
  • Are you sure you should have the surgery done without at least one more doctor's opinion? I hate to see you put all your eggs in one basket  for something so important.
  • I know it's stupid to put all my eggs in one basket  but I really feel like this is an amazing investment opportunity.
  • We sold our house and used our pension to fund our failed business venture—I knew it was foolish to put all our eggs in one basket.

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