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    to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    Hello.

    Is the phrase "to go to work on an egg" a set phrase or is it possible to say, for instance, "to go to work on an apple/a tomato"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    This means nothing to me.

    Edit: Apparently it may have been an advertisement slogan from the 50's in the UK, to market eggs.

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    Re: to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Apparently it may have been an advertisement slogan from the 50's in the UK, to market eggs.
    It was: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/...81_224x353.jpg

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    Re: to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    My family know it and still use it for humorous purposes. We would probably say "Go to work on an apple/tomato" as a jokey reference to the original slogan "Go to work on an egg".

    However, I expect it would only work as a phrase, or a joke, with people who are over 40 years old, because their parents and grandparents will have probably used it.

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    Re: to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    However, I expect it would only work as a phrase, or a joke, with people who are over 40 years old, because their parents and grandparents will have probably used it.
    Some of us remember it being introduced.

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    Re: to go to work on a tomato/an apple

    I don't remember them, but I only just missed them. Apparently the Tony Hancock television adverts only started in 1965.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=LM5eaf49MI8

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