To eat humble pie

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To eat humble pie See under Humble.
    • To eat humble pie to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See Humbles.
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Usage

In literature:

If you don't eat humble-pie now you may live to fare worse later.
"Ann Veronica" by H. G. Wells
He was forced to eat humble-pie and offer to make certain reparations.
"The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik van Loon
He tolerated Mr. Morse, wondering the while how it felt to eat such humble pie.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
Just some little trifle, to show that we are both eating humble pie, feeling sorry about the mouse money.
"Under the Lilacs" by Louisa May Alcott
The strikers'll eat humble pie after to-day.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Do you think he eats humble pie and crawls to Madame and lets you stay here for nothing?
"The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He had thought himself in an unpleasant fix before; and that to escape scot free he must eat humble pie with a bad grace.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
He's got to eat his little dish of humble pie, too.
"The Second Violin" by Grace S. Richmond
If she must eat a bit of humble pie in order to accomplish this, why, she would eat it, much as she disliked the diet.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
And you'd have me eat humble-pie to the man who 's wrecked my life?
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
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In news:

The mantra, which was read at the end of yoga class, reminded me to go out into the world and eat some humble pie.
He may be headed for the pound unless George W Bush can do some fancy footwork and perhaps eat a little humble pie to rescue him.
And we all know big-name pro athletes like to go anywhere at anytime, but sometimes even the Player of the Year has to eat some humble pie.
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