• A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside
    A kitten stretches and yawns in its basket while the sun shines outside
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n in-basket a wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your incoming material
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  • Mark Twain
    “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket...”
  • Pricilla Elfrey
    Pricilla Elfrey
    “The manager with the in basket problem does not yet understand that he must discipline himself to take care of activities that fail to excite him.”
  • Charles M. Allen
    Charles M. Allen
    “If the human race wants to go to hell in a basket, technology can help it get there by jet.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”


All your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
Put all your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.


In literature:

But," the boy added, his eager tones of delight seeming to die away in despair, "she ain't brought no basket!
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
We can find a basket and fork in the tool-house.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
There are three harvests in the year, when the pods are pulled from the trees and gathered into baskets.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
These are then conveyed to the village in baskets, and spread out in the sun to dry.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
She had, in the meantime, packed a basket with provisions for Jack and himself, that they might be independent for a couple of days.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
The child greatly objected to go to bed in the basket, and still more so to be lashed in, as Dick was doing.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
Then a grocer's boy came in sight, struggling up the highway with a basket of supplies on his arm.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Sir H. Risley notes that their women always remove earth in baskets on the head.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
That is essential in basket ball.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
He slept in a little basket at the foot of her bed.
"Odd" by Amy Le Feuvre

In poetry:

One other moved there, an old Chinaman gathering seaweed
from the sea-rocks,
He brought it in his basket and spread it flat to dry on the edge of
the meadow.
"Point Joe" by Robinson Jeffers
Lilian and Lilias smiled in trudging by,
Their heaped-up basket teazed me like a jeer;
Sweet-voiced they sang beneath the sunset sky,
Their mother's home was near.
"An Apple-Gathering" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Nen she says,--
"Oh, Dran'ma, what a drate big nose you dot!"
Nen th' old Wolf says: "It's ist big thataway
Ist 'cause I smell the dood things 'at you bringed
Me in the basket!"
"Maymie's Story Of Red Riding Hood" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Wrapped in his crimson Comforter,
His basket on his arm,
He started. Mother followed him
With her proud eyes so dewy-dim;
While kisses from the heart of her
Within his heart were warm.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
The old chronicles say she did not die
Until heavy with years. And that is why
There hangs in the convent church a basket
Of osiered silver, a holy casket,
And treasured therein
A dried snake-skin.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
No matter what disaster occurred
She stood in desperate music wound,
Wound, wound, and she made in her triumph
Where the bales and the baskets lay
No common intelligible sound
But sang, "O sea-starved, hungry sea.'
"A Crazed Girl" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

A player in Belgium grabs a rebound and decides to go for a shot at his own basket - without success.
Hector Amezcua Jimmer Fredette celebrates a three-point basket in the Kings' victory over the Magic on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Look for Clippers point guard Chris Paul to have eyes for the basket a little more often, especially early in games.
In late July I had been offered a contract by SAM Basket Massagno of the LNA in Massagno, Switzerland.
UCD sophomore Sydney Fipps — shown here taking the ball to the basket earlier this season — is coming off of a 28-point effort in her last outing.
The Long Beach Basket Brigade is a group of volunteers who get together each year to assemble and deliver food baskets to less fortunate families in Long Beach.
That's when he got a pass in the low post and scored his first college basket.
Sampson Carter's 3-point basket at the buzzer broke a tie and gave the University of Massachusetts a 67-64 win over Harvard on Tuesday morning at the Mullins Center in the season opener for both teams.
Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli and power forward Carlos Boozer react to a three point basket in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace.
MOORESVILLE The MG House launched its first Bundle -Up Mooresville coat drive and holiday basket signup in the new building on Saturday.
"It was devastating when it happened because I had all my eggs in that basket, so to speak," said Hinton, owner of Bell Street Burritos , which opened in November 2011.
Lely's Nick Talko soars for a two-point basket in the Trojans overtime win over Naples, 64-61.
Quintrell Thomas made the game-winning basket with 1.2 seconds on the clock, as No 21 UNLV escaped Haas Pavilion with a 76-75 victory over California in an exciting non-conference battle.
There are lawn chairs strewn across a sandy field, the sunset in front of you, Sandia Mountains behind you, people with picnic baskets, gourmet takeout, wine bottles and blankets.
On Friday, November 16, Women Involved in Newtown sponsored the Thanksgiving Basket Program to benefit Newtown's needy families.

In science:

Over-specialization of evaluated artifacts, sometimes referred to as the ‘banana’ problem , arises since frequently purchased items, such as bananas in a grocery market basket, will always be recommended.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
In fact, it constitutes just a small sub-set of the S&P500 basket but, nevertheless, it is considered by many to be a good indicator for the health of the economy.
Self-Similar Log-Periodic Structures in Western Stock Markets from 2000
In the market basket application, for example, I could be a set of customers and J a set of products. A binary relation A ⊆ I × J identifies which customers from I buy which products from J .
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
FIG. 1: Each sample in the basket of live points can be thought of as lying on a contour line of equal likelihood value.
Bayesian coherent analysis of in-spiral gravitational wave signals with a detector network
S. Brin, R. Motwani, J. Ullman, and S. Tsur, "Dynamic itemset counting and implication rules for market basket data," in Proc. 1997 ACM SIGMOD Int.
Clustering with Prototype Extraction for Census Data Analysis