eat crow

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eat crow

 
1. . Fig. to display total humility, especially when shown to be wrong. Well, it looks like I was wrong, and I'm going to have to eat crow. I'll be eating crow if I'm not shown to be right.
2. Fig. to be shamed; to admit that one was wrong. When it became clear that they had arrested the wrong person, the police had to eat crow. Mary talked to Joe as if he was an uneducated idiot, till she found out he was a college professor. That made her eat crow.
See also: crow, eat

eat crow

to publicly admit you were wrong about something Charles had to eat crow and tell them they were right all along.
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eat crow

Also, eat dirt or humble pie . Be forced to admit a humiliating mistake, as in When the reporter got the facts all wrong, his editor made him eat crow. The first term's origin has been lost, although a story relates that it involved a War of 1812 encounter in which a British officer made an American soldier eat part of a crow he had shot in British territory. Whether or not it is true, the fact remains that crow meat tastes terrible. The two variants originated in Britain. Dirt obviously tastes bad. And humble pie alludes to a pie made from umbles, a deer's undesirable innards (heart, liver, entrails). [Early 1800s] Also see eat one's words.
See also: crow, eat

eat crow

tv. to display total humility, especially when shown to be wrong. Well, it looks like I was wrong, and I’m going to have to eat crow.
See also: crow, eat

eat crow

To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
See also: crow, eat
References in classic literature ?
Not more than any other youngster did he like to eat dirt or to be misjudged, but he saw himself in a cleft stick.
Emile Klein's miracle cure for a neck injury resulted in him having an overwhelming, undeniable urge to go outside and eat dirt.
TOP fashion house Louis Vuitton is being sued over racism claims after a boss at a flagship store allegedly told an African employee: "Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor.
Well, there might be an emergency, as there was for West Ham when they released Carlton Cole and had to eat dirt and invite him back.
Nostalgia crosses the Atlantic and flows into post-Civil War American racialism and generates a new diagnostic category, cachexia Africana, a complex of symptoms including dirt-eating--yet poor whites eat dirt as well as slaves and ex-slaves, and, as a widened anthropological perspective discloses, so have people in many cultures across time and geography, with no suspicion of pathology and even a sound nutritional rationale (Fleissner).
Habana, speaking at South Africa's Cardiff base, laughed off the spat as he counted down to his attempt to make Williams eat dirt at the Millennium Stadium.
Being able to see the face of some young upstart in a souped-up sports coupe as you make them eat dirt can be oh so satisfying.
We would stick our hands in the fire, chew on the beetle bugs, and eat dirt.
Eat dirt, suckers, I was thinking as I hit them straight away with two pairs - aces and queens - on the first hand to move into the lead with $13,500.
This especially is dangerous for youngsters who eat dirt or other material exposed to egg-laden feces.
I'm guessing this is what the author wanted her to do, just prostrate herself and eat dirt.
GARBAGE star Shirley Manson has been diagnosed with a rare medical condition which makes her want to eat dirt and the heads of used matches.
Shortly before Dr David Kelly killed himself in Oxfordshire this time last year, this newspaper warned that unless Downing Street let the matter drop and stopped insisting the BBC eat dirt, the affair could blow up in its face.
PALMDALE - Professional cowboys will rope steers, fall off bulls and eat dirt next weekend when the Showdown Rodeo comes to Desert Sands Park.
some of us intentionally eat dirt, and we are joined in this practice by