eat (one's) words

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eat (one's) words

To retract, regret, or feel foolish about what one has previously said. You think I can't get an A in this class, but I'll make you eat your words when we get our report cards! After my negative prediction for the season, I certainly ate my words when the team started out undefeated.
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eat (one's) words

Fig. to have to take back one's statements; to confess that one's predictions were wrong. You shouldn't say that to me. I'll make you eat your words. John was wrong about the election and had to eat his words.
See also: eat, word

eat one's words

Be forced to retract something one has said, as in The incumbent won easily, so I had to eat my words. This expression was already proverbial in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670). [Second half of 1500s]
See also: eat, word

eat your words

COMMON If someone has to eat their words, they have to admit that an opinion that they stated publicly has now been proved wrong. He was very doubtful about our chances of success but he'll be eating his words now. The company's chairman has had to eat his words about the company being recession-proof.
See also: eat, word

eat your words

retract what you have said, especially when forced to do so.
See also: eat, word

eat your ˈwords

be forced to admit that what you have said before was wrong: Nick told everyone that he’d be picked for the team, but when he wasn’t chosen he had to eat his words.
See also: eat, word

eat (one's) words

To retract something that one has said.
See also: eat, word
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The number of times he stopped City playing - he's certainly making his critics eat their words.
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But a defiant 1-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna in the Estadio Riazor has made more than a few of those critics eat their words.
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You just have to take it on the chin and get some pleasure out of getting people to eat their words.
Some people have to eat their words because we're not in the lottery, and I think we could've been better.
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