To eat dirt

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To eat dirt to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie.
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Usage

In literature:

May I eat dirt if thou hast hurt of me in deed or breath; What dam of lances brought thee forth to jest at the dawn with Death?
"Verses 1889-1896" by Rudyard Kipling
Habit and practice reconcile one even to dirt; and there are people who eat and digest it.
"Samuel Brohl & Company" by Victor Cherbuliez
Another day Krishna is playing in a courtyard and takes it into his head to eat some dirt.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
The place assigned me to eat was covered with dirt and vermin.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
If I'm wrong I'll come to you gladly and eat dirt.
"The Thirteenth Chair" by Bayard Veiller
Others will seize every opportunity to eat unpleasant things, such as earth, sand, mud, or dirt of any sort.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
She's going to eat dirt because she misjudged me so.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
The more they are allowed to eat literal dirt now, the less metaphorical dirt will they eat a few years hence.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
I am glad when men who live by dirty ways are made to eat dirt.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
We had to drink the water from that muddy little stream And swallowed a peck of dirt when we tried to eat a bean.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
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In news:

Just what I need, another filter to check and clean 7602 Racing says that your four-stroke is eating dirt via the carburetor vent lines, and I don't want my bikes on that kind of diet, so I was willing to try the installation.
Curiosity Mars rover starts 'to eat dirt '.
Sometimes You Just Have To ' Eat Dirt '.
Curiosity Mars rover starts ' to eat dirt '.
How long should I wait to do this or do I need to put new dirt in the box before I plant vegetables that I'm going to eat.
These sheep ate the grass and other vegetation down to the dirt, leaving nothing for the resident elk to eat.
Gayle Moore's beloved pet, Pidge, loved to eat dirt.
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