Today’s phrase is: Egg on your face.
Explanation: If you have egg on your face, this means you have made a big mistake, or you look foolish or embarassed.
Example: Sarah was so embarrassed after realizing she’d calculated the quarter’s profits all wrong – she had egg on her face.
Origin: There are a variety of theories on this one:
- An incompetent actor might be pelted with eggs due to a poor performance
- Poor manners and sloppy eating would leave you with egg on your face instead of in your mouth!
- Farm dogs would stop protecting hens and start eating their eggs, and egg on their face would be a sign of their behaviour