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.
See also: eat, word

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]
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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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And the United vice-captain thinks the former England international will be eating his words at the end of May.
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MIYAZAKI, Japan - Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Nariaki Nakayama said Friday he will not run in a House of Representatives election expected to be called soon, eating his words again on whether he will do so.
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RADIO presenter George Bowie wasn't so much eating his words as munching on rotten fruit yesterday after making a brazen offer live on air.
Bet Chirac's eating his words as well as our wares now
And the Spaniard vowed that the Highbury side are determined to make Kenyon start eating his words at Cardiff tomorrow.