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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.

Additional definitions for 'lay an egg':

lay an eggTo produce an egg.
lay an eggThe act or performance which is substandard in one's capability. An act or performance which is substandard or below the typical level of one's usual production or output: An act, production or presentation of a noxious, negative, repulsive, boorish nature:
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