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What's the expression or idiom about "a cracked egg"?

Asked by marauder76 (390points) June 10th, 2009

There’s a saying about “a cracked egg” that I need help remembering. It’s something about how a cracked egg breaks more easily, or how a cracked egg takes more damage when it falls….

What it means is that a person who is already injured or damaged is less able to sustain further injury.

Can anyone help me figure out this saying?

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DarkScribe's avatar

You can’t bake a cake without cracking eggs?

That’s about the only reference that I can recall to breaking eggs. I haven’t heard one about cracked eggs.

gailcalled's avatar

You can’t make an omelet without cracking eggs?

Judi's avatar

Are you sure you’re not thinking about crack pots?

CMaz's avatar

A cracked egg carries no moss.

bythebay's avatar

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked

LexWordsmith's avatar

btb, i like that!

bythebay's avatar

@LexWordsmith, it is funny. Insurance companies also refer to previously injured policy holders as cracked eggs.

LexWordsmith's avatar

Great! by the way, i envy your position (at the seashore).

wundayatta's avatar

@ChazMaz You can’t make an omelet without keeping the doctor away!

alive's avatar

i read “less able to sustain Fluther injury.” ouch!

LexWordsmith's avatar

So far, it appears that we don’t have a valid answer to the original Q. I’m stymied—sorry.

sarahsugs's avatar

There’s a great line in Zora Neale Hurston’s book Their Eyes Were Watching God (at least I’m pretty sure it’s in that book), where the main character at the end of her life says, “Put me down easy—I’m a cracked plate.”

Not sure if that’s what you were thinking of, but that’s what I thought of when I read your question!

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