origin of ‘to have, or to get, egg on one’s face’

USA, 1946—‘to have, or to get, egg on one’s face’: to be, or to get, embarrassed or humiliated by the turn of events—refers either to having eggs thrown at one’s face or to yolk stains left on the face after the careless eating of a soft-boiled egg

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‘take the Fifth’: decline to reveal one’s own secrets

‘to take the Fifth’: to decline to reveal one’s own secrets—from ‘to take the Fifth Amendment’: to appeal to Article V of the original amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “No person […] shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”

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the origin of ‘soap opera’

US, 1938—‘soap’: from early sponsors of such radio serials, often soap manufacturers—‘opera’: from the scale of dramatic incident that happens in these programs

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