Posted by ESC on June 10, 2000
In Reply to: Egg on Your Face posted by Steve Connor on June 08, 2000
: Does anyone know the origin of this phrase?
: Or maybe a web site that has a more thorough list of origins for phrases?
The only reference I could find is in "Random House Dictionary of American Slang, Vol. 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter (Random House, New York, 1994): "have egg on (one's) face -- to look foolish or be embarrassed. Now colloq. 1951-53 'Front Page Detective (syndic. TV series): I can see egg all over my face..."