Eat the leek

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Eat the leek to be compelled to take back one's words or put up with insulting treatment—from the scene between Fluellen and Pistol in Henry V
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leác, a leek, a plant, present also in Char-lock, Gar-lic, Hem-lock.

Usage

In literature:

The English had then to eat the leek.
"A Century of Wrong" by F. W. Reitz
They long for the leeks and onions and garlic of the old eating.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
And should you leeks or onions eat, no time Would expiate the sacrilegious crime.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
They saw Britons, or what looked like their countrymen, sneaking about and meekly eating the leek.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
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In news:

The problem with serving it as a main course, which we did recently after adding strips of ham to the roasted cauliflower and leeks , is that you will want to eat too much of it.
Centreville — When 52 of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, a convent in New Jersey, die after eating bad potato-leek soup, the remaining 19 nuns need to bury them.
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