lay an egg

lay an egg
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1) ав. сбросить бомбу

The plane duly laid an egg. I was crouched alongside a wall. The bomb landed on the other side of the wall. (Suppl) — Немецкий бомбардировщик сбросил бомбу. Я прижался к стене, бомба упала по другую сторону этой стены.

2) с треском провалиться (особ. о выступлении, спектакле и т. п.) [первонач. амер.]

They opened in a movie house in Seattle, and laid one of the biggest eggs in the history of the Marx Brothers, if not all show business. (A. Marx, ‘Life with Groucho’, ch. XX) — Представление проходило в помещении кинотеатра в Сиэтле и окончилось таким провалом, которого еще не было не только в жизни братьев Маркс, но и в истории американского варьете.

I hear he laid an egg with the Five Thousand Club last night. (F. Knebel and Ch. Bailey, ‘Convention’, ch. 2) — Говорят, что Манчестер сел в калошу, выступая вчера вечером в клубе "Пять тысяч членов".


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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