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    Smile proverbial basket

    Dear Teacher,
    I would like to know the meaning of the phrase, "the same prverbial basket."
    I also found the similar idiom-like phraes, "proverbial eggs."
    Thank you for your help.


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    Re: proverbial basket

    Hi, could you give us a context, please?


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    Re: proverbial basket

    There's an old proverb that goes:

    "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

    It's a warning. If you're carrying a lot of eggs in one basket and you drop the basket, all your eggs will break; better to have two (or more) baskets, and put a few eggs in each.

    The more general meaning is: don't give too much importance to just one thing. For example, if you invest all your money in one company, and the company fails - you lose all your money.

    The proverb is so well known and often repeated that an English speaker might say "it's the proverbial egg/basket situation", and most people would know what they meant.

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    Re: proverbial basket

    Hi Boothling and Bromba,

    Your reply solved my question and thanks a lot!

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