lay an egg

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lay an egg (third-person singular simple present lays an egg, present participle laying an egg, simple past and past participle laid an egg)

  1. (of a bird or other egg-creating animal) To produce an egg.
  2. (idiomatic, of a person, organization, etc.) To produce a failure or flop; to do something which is unsuccessful.
    That author usually writes good stuff, but he really laid an egg with that last piece.